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In this Dec. 2012, file photo, a couple descend an escalator while shopping at an H& M store, in Atlanta. U.S. consumers increased their spending at retail businesses in December, buying more autos, furniture and clothing. (AP Photo/David Goldman, file)
In this Dec. 2012, photo, holiday shoppers walk past a large Christmas tree at Fashion Island shopping center in Newport Beach, Calif. U.S. consumers increased their spending at retail businesses in December, buying more autos, furniture and clothing. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Gordon — a pit bull used as a bait dog in an Akron dogfighting ring — seemed to find a happy ending in January when he cuddled up with a Sandusky woman and her 1-year-old daughter who promised “Gordo” had found his forever home.