You may have seen photographs of Katherine collecting a small dog in the press recently. The 2-month-old pit bull was rescued from the California City Shelter last week by Katie and her mother Nancy.

The puppy had been used as a bait dog in dog fights in California's Antelope Valley, and as a result, had puncture wounds and abscesses on his neck when he was found. He was taken to the vet, where his wounds were drained and stitched, but doctors found that the dog also had a broken neck vertebra. The bone cannot be operated on because it splintered, so the dog will stay in a neck brace for the next six to eight weeks.

Katherine Heigl & The Rescued Pit Bull Pup Katherine Heigl With The Rescued Pit Bull Pup

While he recovers, the handsome young pit will stay with the Heigl family, after which they will try to find him a new home via their animal welfare organization, the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation. If that doesn't happen, they will adopt him.

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