The following message was posted on the New York City Craigslist. The person that wrote the message adopted a rescued pit bull that was at a kill shelter in the city. Her previous owners were evicted from their building and the dog, who was covered in cigarette burns, was taken to the shelter. Luckily, she was saved before being euthanized. 3 years after adopting this beautiful girl, her new owners have a few things to say to the terrible people her left her out on the street. This is what their Craiglist posting said:
The letter continued:
“The AC named her Cathy, for Catherine Street. She was held for cruelty investigation (she was REALLY skinny) then immediately put on the kill list, which is the sort of irony that happens at Animal Care & Control every day. I like old dogs and I loved Cathy’s little lopsided face. A rescue pulled her for me and sent her north.
She gained weight and recovered from her skin issues. Her coat shines now and you can’t see the little round cigarette burn marks any more. We spayed her (her hormones were really out of whack from all the litters she had). She has been wonderful with my young daughter, and our other two dogs. And it turns out she loves to swim! She loves fetch too. If she really was 12 back in 2011, that would make her 15 now but I doubt that as she still will go on long hikes with me, and swim and retrieve balls from the bay until she can barely stand… even though, yes, her face is turning white. She is truly an ambassador for her breed, even people who don’t like pits will stop and pat her as she happily wags her tail. She loves to sleep in sunbeams, and is so happy to go on walks or swims she just wags her tail with every step.
She is sleeping next to me as I type this, grunting with joy. In fact, she sleeps on my bed every night. Your dog is an awesome dog. We love her so much. The past three years we’ve had with her have brought us (and her) so much happiness.
If you do see this, we’d love to know how old she is, and what your name for her was. Also please say a prayer for her, as soon she is going to have mammary surgery to remove some small lumps… unfortunately not spaying a dog and breeding her a lot means she is very likely to get mammary cancer, and Cathy has it. Luckily my vet caught it early, so I am hoping Cathy can spend many more happy years with us. She really is the best dog.
P.S. you can’t have her back.”
Who knows how Cathy came to be so starved and abused, but her first family getting evicted was probably the best thing that could have happened to this dog. Now, she is with a loving family that doesn’t treat her like trash… but a treasure.
Please share Cathy’s beautiful story. We hope that her original owners see what they did to her. We also hope they see how happy she is now.