How An Abused Pit Bull Went On To Charm The Pants Off A Rock Star

"I was so amazed at how much she loved him!"
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Kay Hyman

Stephanie Miller loves Rick Springfield, and Rick Springfield loves dogs.

So when the Australian rock star was coming to Charleston, South Carolina, recently, Miller figured: why not see if he'd like to meet the city's most beloved pooch, while he's in town performing?

We're referring, of course, to the pit bull named Caitlyn who was discovered with her mouth duct taped shut back in May -- and has gone on to become an incredible, inspiring story of hope and love.

"I contacted Rick and he said he would love to meet her," said Miller, who volunteers with the Charleston Animal Society -- the shelter that's nurtured this good dog to health.

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Call her Rickie's girl: From this Facebook post, it appears Springfield really enjoyed getting to know Caitlyn.

(Though he could only get so much of her -- Caitlyn's still in foster care, and not yet available for adoption, since her alleged abuser's trial has not yet been completed.)

Kay Hyman, spokesperson for the Charleston Humane Society and Caitlyn's official handler at public events, told The Huffington Post the feeling was mutual, even though Caitlyn can sometimes be a bit standoffish with newcomers.

"I was so amazed at how much she loved him," Hyman said. "What it means is more recognition for the mission we have, which is to prevent cruelty."

Along those lines: here's where you can donate to the shelter's medical fund, used to care for the city's abused and neglected animals.

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

Kay Hyman

This piece has been updated with information about Caitlyn's future.

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