A rescued black bear with a troubled past has found a new home at The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado.

An Asiatic black bear named Dillon was discovered sick and suffering inside a small concrete closure at the Union County Sportsmen’s Club in Pennsylvania, prompting the PETA’s request to relocate the bear to another facility. Dillon was severely obese, with significant health problems including bad teeth and infected gums. He was also declawed at some point, which left him with stumps and severely disfigured toes.

Over the course of a nine-month PETA campaign to relocate Dillon, actor Alec Baldwin sent a letter to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf asking for help. According to a report from Fox21, the letter from Baldwin said “I respectfully ask that you use your power to ensure that authorities hold the club accountable.”

Dillon reportedly lived at the Union County Sportsmen’s Club for about 16 years before being relocated to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado

Photo Credit: The Wild Animal Sanctuary.
Photo Credit: The Wild Animal Sanctuary.

Dillon who arrived at The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado on Tuesday morning is now on the road to recovery. The Sanctuary says he will be relocated into a natural habitat once some of his medical issues start to clear.

Photo Credit: The Wild Animal Sanctuary.
Photo Credit: The Wild Animal Sanctuary.

The Asiatic black bear is a medium to large-sized bear that is found predominantly living in forested areas throughout Eastern Asia, Afghanistan, Taiwan, and Japan. The bear is also listed as vulnerable to extinction due to a decreasing population.

A campaign set up on Facebook to help with Dillon’s road to recovery has already raised more than $5,500.

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