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09/29/2014 02:55 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

This Adorable Pit Bull Was Nearly Beaten To Death, But Nothing Will Smash His Spirit

Pit Bull Pride of Delaware

It is something of a miracle that Odin the pit bull survived a beating that broke his skull in three places and left him blind.

His rescuers almost can't believe how well he's healed. Or that the people who did this to him haven't been caught.

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Odin's first day in foster care.

Odin was stolen from his previous owner's yard in Wilmington, Delaware, this past spring. He was later discovered badly hurt, having been left to die in an alley not far from his home.

The nature of his injuries indicate Odin's blocky grey head was smashed with a brick.

"We were not sure he was going to make it," says Lauren Verfaillie Ramone, founder of Pit Bull Pride of Delaware. She became responsible for the dog after he was picked up by animal control and brought to the Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware.

After more than a week of care by specialists and surgeons, Ramone brought Odin home. The sightless dog had to be taught voice commands; slowly, on a harness, he learned the lay of the house.

Other parts of his new life came more naturally.

"The first thing Odin did when I first met him was come up to me and kiss me in the face," says Ramone. "I was sitting down on the floor and I called his name. He walked over to me and just kissed me. His eyes were still shut from all of the swelling."

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Odin and Ramone snuggling.

But what about the person or people who met Odin with such viciousness?

At the end of June, hundreds of Pit Bull Pride of Delaware volunteers began handing out fliers in the area where Odin had been found, asking for information about the attack in exchange for a $5,000 reward offered by the Humane Society.

"Odin was found in a bad area so were escorted by [the] Wilmington Police Department for everyone's safety," says Ramone. "Animal control also came out to help us. Since June 22, 2014, we have handed out hundreds of rewards fliers in hopes that someone will know something."

Ashley Mauceri, manager of Animal Cruelty Response at the Humane Society, tells The Huffington Post that the $5,000 was provided by donors for "really heinous" animal cruelty cases.

There's been a few calls and a few leads, but Odin's case is "still under investigation," says Mauceri. "My guess is there's someone out there who knows something."

Ramone guesses that, too. And so Pit Bull Pride of Delaware released a video recently, telling Odin's story and begging for information.

"I am not giving up. I will not rest until I find who did this to Odin," Ramone says. "I think it is important to find Odin's attackers, because if they could do that do an innocent dog then who knows what else they are capable of. I am hopeful that we will find who did this. I want to get justice for Odin. He deserves that."

As for Odin, the three-year-old's skull fractures are healing and he has recovered some of his eyesight, though he is now developing cataracts.

In August, Odin was adopted by good friends of Ramone's. He's got three human siblings now and one pit bull sister who share in this well-deserved, blissfully ordinary life.

"He's been doing great since he's been with my family. He has brought nothing but happiness and joy to us," says Jessica Hibbard, Odin's new owner. "After all the trauma he has been through, he has nothing but love to give."

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Odin napping with his new sister Haley

Indeed, Ramone, who still sees Odin often, is struck both by wanting so badly to see someone punished for what was done to this dog, while also marveling at his resilience.

"To this day Odin has not shown any signs of aggression, and has always been gentle and loving to everyone that he meets," she says. "He has taught me a lot about forgiveness."

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Odin is happy at home with his new human siblings, Cody, Tyler and Haley

If you have any information about Odin's attack, please contact Capt. Sherri Warburton of Delaware Animal Care and Control at (302) 698-3006.

Find out more about Pit Bull Pride of Delaware on the group's Facebook page -- and here's Odin's Facebook page, where you can see photos of him enjoying his new life.

Get in touch at arin.greenwood@huffingtonpost.com if you have an animal story to share!

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