TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - A young boy is helping injured animals by raising money for their surgeries. His inspiring story is What's Right with Tampa Bay.
"He was abused for no reason, and he was beaten, thrown out of a car just because they didn't love him,” 11-year-old Austin Testa said of ‘Hubble.’
Austin came to Hubble's rescue when the injured pit bull needed surgery recently at an animal shelter. Earlier this month, Austin helped pay for Hubble's hip surgery with money he raised on the internet.
"I felt like I needed to help him because he needed some love and affection,” Austin continued. "I'm really happy and excited because he's finally walking on it."
Austin started Every Bark Counts six years ago to help animals in shelters. "I just feel happy when animals are safe and loved."
He's now teaming up with Robert Splain, co-owner of Normand's Royal Rescue, to help abandoned animals find a good home.
"We need things changed. We need laws changed," said Splain. "We need stiffer laws on animal abuse."
Austin has raised more than $30,000 to help sheltered animals.
"It’s awesome. There's no other words I can explain except he's awesome," Robert said.
"When they lick you, that means they want to be loved and they just want you to love them." Austin added.
Austin hopes that love and affection will help Hubble find a forever family.
LINK: For more info on Every Bark Counts, visit their Facebook page