When they met each other, Jonny Hickey was a reserved autistic boy who rarely spoke, and Xena was a severely neglected puppy. Jonny's family met Xena at a fundraising event and decided to bring her home. Jonny and Xena immediately bonded, and, according to mom Linda, Jonny has become "the happiest child that I've ever seen him be." Xena's recovery has been captured in these dramatic (and graphic) photos, and Jonny now openly talks about his four-legged best friend. "My Xena was hurt really bad by some not-so-nice people. And I have autism," Jonny says. "So I think we make a pretty perfect team to spread the [word] to be nice to animals, and nice to kids like me." [Source]
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