Neglected dog finds new purpose, family
GROTON, Conn. (NBC) -- A dog that was reportedly neglected for years, now has a new home and a new purpose.
"He just loves to get affection," said Kelli Tucker. "He wants to be petted all the time."
It may be hard to believe, just a couple months ago Zero was taken from a home in Oxford where he and 40 other animals were allegedly abused or neglected.
"He was covered with flees and ticks," said Tucker. "His teeth were very poor as well because all he ever had to chew on were rocks. He was attached to his dog house at least for 7 years they thought."
Despite that life he has become the perfect companion for Tucker's 10-year-old son Marik.
Last summer Marik was diagnosed with cancer. He lost his right leg, but got a pretty neat custom made prosthetic.
"The Hulk, Thor, Iron man, Captain America."
And his favorite team is the Dallas Cowboys, and now he has a favorite friend.
"I like to play with him," Marik said.
Zero motivates Marik, especially on days it's not so easy to get up and get moving.
"They are really helping each other a lot," said Tucker.
On Monday, Marik will go back to the hospital for the week for treatment, and of course having Zero at home gives him something else to look forward to.
Merik now finds comfort in Zero.
While his parents find strength in him.
"He's a tough little rascal and he's definitely been strong for the rest of us," Tucker said.
The Tucker's got Zero from the Oxford animal shelter, which like many shelters across the state are always looking for good homes for their pets .