A dog once left for dead now has a twin in the form of a stuffed version of himself.
Justice the dog was discovered almost a year ago in Windsor, Ontario. The Windsor/Essex County Humane Society said it "found the dog’s muzzle, paws, and neck tightly bound with electrical tape. The dog was unable to move, having difficulty breathing, and his mouth and paws were extremely swollen."
The 6-year-old Patterdale terrier required several surgeries, the Humane Society said.
His tormentor eventually pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years in prison, three years probation, and was banned for 25 years of owning or living with animals. "We believe that his abuser's sentence was the strongest ever in a Canadian cruelty case," Melanie Coulter, executive director of the Windsor-Essex County Humane Society, told ABC News.
Coulter explained why her organization created a stuffed animal of Justice.
"In previous years we have sold stuffed animals as 'virtual adoptions' of animals in the shelter during the holidays," she said. "But this year, the animal everyone wanted to adopt was Justice, so we thought we would make a stuffed animal in his likeness instead."
She added, "The funds from the sale of these dolls go to help fund cruelty and welfare investigations. Justice was definitely a 'spokes-dog' for awareness of animal cruelty."
Today, Justice has been adopted and is "doing really well," said Coulter. "They love him, and he’s getting all the love and snuggles that he could want."