A deaf Dogo Argentino, who overcame a sad past and went on to become an ambassador for rescued animals, has died. On Wednesday evening, “Nico Swan,” passed away. The heartbreaking news was shared Wednesday evening with fans of the Nico Swan Facebook page, “Today at 5:52pm Eastern time Nico passed on to the Rainbow Bridge. He is preceeded in death by his sister, Brisby, and approximately 2.7 million animals a year by abuse and euthanasia in shelters, and approximately 10,000 dogs to dog fighting.”
Nico was saved over six years ago from an animal control facility in South Los Angeles County. Nobody knows exactly what took place during the first six years of Nico’s life, but the scars on his body, chiseled down teeth and crudely cut ears suggested that he had been a victim of dog-fighting. Thanks to one poignant picture, taken by Nikki Audet with the Mutt Scouts, that captured the downtrodden dog’s hopelessness behind bars, Nico was rescued from the animal control agency.
Nico was transported to Hamilton County Humane Society in Indiana where he entered a foster home, underwent training and rehabilitation to help him learn to be a companion pet, and then, he was adopted. The following six-and-a-half-years Nico was loved unconditionally.
The Nico Swan Facebook page wrote, “Nico and our family could never say how grateful we were to the thousands of people that took his picture, pulled him from that shelter, transported him to the shelter that stood up for him and took him in, the foster care he received, and the multitude of vets who treated him. The Paw Patch Place who cared for him for the last 6 years and help him reach the bridge with out suffering.”
Nico had battled cancer multiple times and it was the devastating disease which ultimately claimed his life. The Nico Swan Facebook page wrote, “His spirit was strong but his body was failing him. It was the only fight he did not win.”
Nico’s Facebook page noted that donations in Nico’s memory will go towards the construction of a new shelter facility:
In celebration of Nico’s life, we have created a link to donate to… these monies will go to the Hamilton County Humane Society. HCHS is the shelter that stood up and took Nico once he was pulled. They knew from one picture he was worth it. Nico and our family know they are worth it. They are hoping to build a new facility. The are TRULY a no kill shelter. Our family was hoping to raise money for them so they could build a “Nico” wing, for dogs outside of their county, like Nico. Help us build that wing so there could be more “Nico” survivor stories, they are worth it.
Please know that every post and message we received has been read. When he was here, they were read with him in our lap. He couldn’t hear the message, but he always felt it’s love.
Thank you, thank you, thank you….. Forever Nico Nation.
Donations in Nico’s name can be made here.
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