CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A former drug addict is crediting abused and neglected pit bulls for helping him kick his drug and alcohol addiction.
Michael Favor is the founder of Pitbulls and Addicts, a support group that gives dogs and former drug users a second chance.
The Staten Island, N.Y. man who is the son of a former NYPD officer said he never imagined he would be a drug addict. He admits to using 15 bags of cocaine a day.
"I went from abusing myself with cocaine, alcohol, gambling being high and driving//i just eliminated my negative addiction and replaced it with a positive addiction," say Favor.
Now, Favor has kicked his drug addiction and is now positively addicted to the support group.
"The animals help because I know that if I slip up, these animals are going to," says Favor. "Of course people are here, but they need me, and I need them."
A carpenter by trade, Favor constructed a 4,000 square-foot facility used to take in abused and neglected dogs from all over the country.
"I think society really doesn't give addicts a chance, the same way they don't give pit bulls a chance and you know, society just shuns them," says Gina Polizzi, a recovering addict and Pitbulls and Addicts volunteer.
Favor's group is saving countless lives, both furry and human.