Humane Society of Central Illinois


From Battery Acid to the Bed

Skeeter came to the Humane Society of Central Illinois as the victim of abuse. A horrid person poured battery acid on Skeeter’s back to "discipline" him for simply being a young, playful puppy! After emergency vet care and a long recuperation, Skeeter became available for adoption.

Patty and her daughter occasionally volunteer at HSCI. Walking Skeeter for the first time one evening, they were amazed at how gentle and trusting he was considering the trauma he had recently been through. Something clicked between them and Patty knew she had to bring her husband in to meet Skeeter.

Donnie was hesitant. Having just lost his beloved Lab, he wasn’t sure he was ready for another dog. But, he relented because Patty seemed so sure this dog was special. Upon meeting Skeeter and hearing about his abusive puppyhood, Donnie knew they had to bring him home and give him a new life.

Despite Skeeter's horrible experience early in his life, he is now a happy, affectionate 2½-year-old in a wonderful new home. Now Skeeter has the run of the house. He plays with the rest of the family and his dog pal next door, Buster, who was also adopted from HSCI. Skeeter is friendly, inquisitive, and an all-around happy dog. "We're amazed that he has such a calm demeanor based on his history. He’s very much a people-dog and is always in your face. Rarely does anything scare him or make him nervous." He has significant scar tissue on his back from the battery acid, so the hair will never grow back. But now that it has healed, it doesn’t bother him a bit.


Skeeter’s favorite spot is Patty’s and Donnie’s bed. Even though they make the bed every day, Skeeter scratches back the covers and makes himself at home, with his head on their pillows. Patty says, "He makes such a mess. It looks like he’s had a slumber party! We love him dearly, so all we can do is laugh."

Looks like you’ve found a great home, Skeeter!

Name of Pet:Skeeter
Type of Pet:Dog
Gender of Pet:Male
Age of Pet at Adoption:   1 year
Month / Year Adopted:November 2001  
Name of Pet at HSCI:Skeeter