No one knows how the battered, bleeding pitbull escaped her chains and ended up in the yard of a North Nashville home, but one thing’s for sure: she chose the right house. The person who lived there just happened to be an animal hospital employee, and was able to give the dog, who is now known as Mama Jade, the immediate care she desperately needed. She was also able to interpret the heartbreakingly obvious signs that Mama had been used as a bait and breeding dog in a vicious dog fighting operation. After learning the extent of her injuries, Mama Jade’s rescuer posted an open letter on Craigslist addressed to the monster in her community who had hurt this sweet dog so badly. Here’s an excerpt (warning: it’s very graphic):
Last Friday night, your dog wandered up onto our porch. Signs of the abuse she had somehow escaped, riddled her body. The fresh bite marks on her muzzle, the scars that covered her body, the exposed pink and purple flesh around her neck, where she was obviously tied up with ropes that cut their way into her skin, over and over again. The obvious signs that she had been bred, relentlessly, time after time. The pressure wounds on her elbows that bled whenever they touched anything, from being tied and forced to lay on cement ground and metal cage mesh.
None of those things are even the worst part. Upon examining her teeth to gauge 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. 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 at you for reassurance. Because all they wanted to do was please you. Loyalty is in their blood. Violence is not.
The story gets worse before it gets better (but it does get better!) …
The staff at the animal hospital instantly fell in love with Mama, who eagerly soaked up all their love and affection, so everyone was devastated when Mama’s exams revealed that in addition to her gruesome injuries, she had cancer. Mama’s rescuer would have to have her put down. “Tomorrow, Mama will finally feel peace,” she wrote in the Craigslist letter. “And when she closes her eyes and takes her last breath, I’ll be there. I’ll hold her big ol’ head and I’ll tell her how much I love her.”
But then a couple of crazy things happened. First, Mama’s rescuer decided to put off the euthanization for one day. And secondly, the Craiglist posting went viral, resulting in thousands of people around the world emailing her to offer donations to get Mama treatment for her cancer. A Mama Jade Facebook page has been set up, and an official Mama Jade Cancer Treatment Fund should be ready within the next couple days. While Mama’s prognosis isn’t certain, her outlook is infinitely brighter than it was just a week ago, and her days are now filled with love and affection instead of fear and pain. Thanks to the outpouring of support, “this girl is getting yet another chance to live a beautiful life,” as Mama’s rescuer put it, and that’s what we call a happy ending.