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Celeb Adopts Injured Pit Bull Used as Bait in Dog Fights

Katherine Heigl won't be toting around her newly adopted dog in a purse and dressing him up in frou frou duds for the paparazzi. She'll...

Maria Goodavage  |  Mar 24th 2011


Katherine Heigl won’t be toting around her newly adopted dog in a purse and dressing him up in frou frou duds for the paparazzi.

She’ll just be content that he’s alive and abuse-free.

Heigl’s dog advocacy already trumps most other celebs. She’s the co-founder of the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, named after her brother, who was killed in a car accident when he was 15. She heads the charity’s Hounds of Hope operation, whose mandate is to rescue pets with little hope of adoption from shelters.

The latest addition to her family, which already includes several dogs, is Rufus. He’s a young pit bull who was used as a bait dog in dog fights. Rufus was badly injured when Heigl learned about him. At the time she was looking for a puppy for her adopted daughter, Naleigh.

“Katherine was absolutely heartbroken when she saw how hurt the little guy was, so she paid thousands of dollars for multiple surgeries,” reports ContactMusic.

In case you are suddenly a Heigl fan, here’s a list of her film and TV roles. ๐Ÿ™‚