Vote for Aladdin: Abused dog named finalist for the Hero Dog Awards

- A dog named Aladdin, who was left for dead as a puppy, has a new mission to help others, but he needs your help to continue his work.

Aladdin is known as a hero now, but at the start of his life, he was a victim of animal abuse.

Believed to have been dumped out of a car, Aladdin weighed just 18 pounds, had multiple broken legs, a broken tail, and was missing 12 teeth.  

Aladdin was nursed back to health but still has a noticeable limp. He is now a certified therapy dog, and certified crisis response dog who works with everyone from Wounded Warriors, to children at the Ronald McDonald House.

MORE: Local dog gets new leash on life 

The pitbull mix was recently named a finalist for the Therapy Dog of the Year by the American Humane Association and is not a finalist for the Hero Dog Awards.

The winding dog gets the title, but the best part is that charities that support the animals get the cash prize.

Aladdin needs your vote to make it happen. He and his owner, Michelle Schaffer-Stevens stopped by Good Day Philadelphia to talk more about their efforts.

You can vote for Aladdin, HERE. 

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