However, one survivor is changing that. When a pit bull named Mama Jade first walked up to a woman’s front door, she was covered in welts, fresh bite marks, and pressure wounds. The woman, Christina Willis, actually worked at a veterinarian’s office in Tennessee—and she became determined to save her.
But as Christina found out, healing Mama Jade would be much harder than expected.
Christina Willis, 23, is a receptionist at PetMed Veterinary Hospital in Antioch, Tennessee. One day, a stray pit bull in excruciating pain wandered up to her front door; Christina’s roommate called her immediately. Christina said, “Put her in a crate, I’ll be right there.”
Christina told ABC News, “I took off her collar and saw rope marks around her neck, bite marks all around her muzzle, and she was really banged up… There was blood in the crate from pressure wounds on her elbows that bust open every time she lies down.”
Christina stayed up all night with the pit bull, whom she called Mama Jade, and considered her next move. Even if Mama Jade did make it through the night, Christina’s office would likely have to euthanize her. It was clear that the poor pooch had escaped a dogfighting ring, and was most likely used as a “bait dog” that the other fighters would practice attacking.
Christina became quite attached to Mama Jade and she didn’t want to have to put her down. Enraged, Christina wrote a Craigslist post—addressed to the dog’s abuser—which went viral quickly. It read, “Upon examining her teeth to determine her approximate age, I burst into tears. I found that you had pulled the majority of them out, and the ones you left, had been filed down. And you did this without anesthesia, this I am sure of.”
Christina continued, “You did this so she couldn’t fight back. You did this so she couldn’t injure any dogs you had trained to fight, when you threw her in there with them. With each bite of her they took and each yelp she cried, they’d look to you for reassurance. Because all they wanted to do was please you. Loyalty is in their blood. Violence is not.” The post had been flagged on Craigslist, but you can read the entire thing here.
Christina’s post went viral, and she received thousands of supportive emails. She decided to make a Facebook page for Mama Jade, which received over 100,000 likes within three days. But the attention wasn’t only good for spreading Christina’s message about pit bulls…
After spending some more time at the vet, Christina was disheartened to find out that Mama Jade had breast cancer. With no money for her treatment, Christina thought she would have to put Mama Jade down after all. But thanks to her post and Facebook page, people from all over the world started to donate money to save the pit bull. Now, Mama Jade could have another shot at life!
Mama Jade is now getting the medical help she needs while enjoying her new home with Christina, who continues to help other dogs in need through Facebook. Visit her here to see what you can do for dogs like Mama Jade!
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