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Good Samaritan saves bait dog after story goes viral on Craigslist

P8010053_thumb By Tamara | October 03, 2013 | Comments (16)


"Your pitbull found me and I'm not giving her back," begins the empassioned post published on Craigslist. Mama Jade is a Pit Bull that wandered up onto the porch of a Good Samaritan. The Good Samaritan took the injured and abused dog into their home in Nashville, Tennessee and when they examined the dog their heart's broke.

Posted on October 2nd, Mama Jade's story went viral overnight and Mama Jade's rescuer said "the response has been overwhelming and has restored a lot of my faith in humanity".

Here's the Good Samaritan's post in full: 

"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 anaesthesia, 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.

Mama Jade when she was first rescued

The first night she was here, I stayed up with her and only slept for 2 hours. Every time I'd move, she'd get up and look at me with worry stricken eyes. She didn't want me to leave her.

Somehow, God must have led this mama to my doorstep, knowing she'd find comfort here. The next morning, I took her to my work on my day off. I work at an animal hospital.

Upon entering the building, her neck started to bleed. The thick collar which you put on her, had cut into the tender scars on her neck. She didn't even yelp. I discovered it as I was weighing her and saw blood on the scale. I took the ridiculous thing off of her.

The amazing people I work with have all fallen head over heels in love with your dog. So when we discovered she has breast cancer, it broke our hearts even more.

Over the last 3 days, our staff has grown to love this beautiful and broken soul. Skin and bones, we feed her constantly but only foods that are soft enough for her... You know, since you ripped her teeth out and all.

Mama lets you get right up in her face. In fact, she LOVES it. She'll give you slobbery kisses and nuzzle your face with love.

We're all amazed at how trusting of humans she is. Dogs however, completely terrify her. It doesn't matter the size, she growls in fear and tucks her tail between her legs. But who can blame her? After what you did to her?

Tomorrow, Mama will finally feel peace. 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.

And when her soul has left her battered body and I've dried the tears enough to see, I will document every bruise, every bite, every cut, scrape and gash. I'll photograph her teeth, or rather, where her teeth used to be. I'll turn in all the evidence and post it where EVERYONE will see it. I'll use it to educate kids in heavily crime ridden areas, on the horrors of dog fighting.

If you could do that to a dog, you should not be allowed in everyday society. And teaching our children right from wrong is the only way to put a stop to this.

One day, you will be caught. If I ever find out who did this to the dog we all lovingly know as "Mama Jade" I honestly don't know what I would I do. But it would probably involve contacting your mother and informing her of what a monster she managed to raise. My goal would be to make a mockery out of your pathetic life.

Mama Jade's story will not be silenced. She just happened to show up on the doorstep of one extremely persistent, intelligent, respected and now angry human being."

Mama Jade a few days after her rescue

Since the post appeared on Craiglist on October 2nd, the Good Samaritan has received thousands of emails and offers to help Mama Jade.

The Good Samaritan wrote, "I posted the ad on Craigslist as a way to vent my frustrations. Never once did I think it would reach so many people. I posted it last night, expecting to receive maybe a few emails about it but nothing huge. Today I have received LITERALLY thousands of emails from people all around the United States... Many people and charities have asked if they could donate funds for Mama to get the treatment for her cancer. One thing is for certain though, Mama Jade is getting yet another chance at life :)"

Mama Jade's rescuer explained that where things now stand regarding Mama Jade on her new Facebook page: "Upon learning that she had cancer, we had initially decided it would be best to humanly euthanize her because she had already experienced so much pain in her life. I signed the papers but decided last minute that I would put it off until the next day. That night, (Tuesday night) I became outraged at the thought of how horrible her life had been. I posted the ad on Craigslist as a way to vent my frustrations. Never once did I think it would reach so many people."

Realizing there are many people rooting for Mama Jade, they will be examining the options for taking care of her and treating her cancer.

"Your pitbull found me and I'm not giving her back" originally appeared on Nashville's Craigslist.


Update June 15, 2014

Mama Jade's mom had a special message to all her supporters on her Facebook page:

"Hey everyone. 

Over the years, I've learned to deal with bad news pretty well. This weekend, however, I was tested. 

Mama Jade, as most of you know, had some growths removed a couple weeks ago and they were sent off for testing. 3 of the 4 grows came back as being hemangiosarcomas. This is a long, fancy word for the horrible word "cancer". 

The thing about hemangiosarcomas is this: They don't just form on the outside of her body, they will most likely form on her internal organs as well, eventually bursting.

We've had several veterinary opinions and our research has been more than extensive. If more tumors pop up on her body, they'll be removed but this form of cancer is deadly and at this point, all we can do is assure that Mama Jade is surrounded by love 24/7. She is in no pain what so ever and that might be the only blessing about this form of cancer. Her tail still wags, she runs around and soaks up love from all the kids in her neighborhood. When her time comes, she will go peacefully but it's hard to say when that will be. She could live another month, year or even 5 years, although 5 years seems a bit far fetched, all we can do is pray. 

I'm completely heart broken and it hits me a little more everyday. It's taken a while to find the words for this post. We're all devastated by this news, especially her amazing human Mama, who has been nothing short of a God send through this entire process. 

Our sweet girl hasn't been able to catch a break it seems, but then I remember the first night she walked into my life. She's come so far and because of her suffering, countless lives have been saved and I like to think the stigma placed on the Pit Bull breed has been lessened somewhat. 

This old girl has given me purpose and she's given a voice to the voiceless. We will never stop fighting for her and others like her. 

Please keep Mama Jade in your prayers. 

Our hearts are heavy but they are full. 

So much Love,

Mama Jade & Christianna"



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Comments on this Article

She found you for a reason :)
Mama Jade deserves to have a chance to extend her life as long as possible. To have survived as she has under such cruel conditions and to give up now on her would be terrible. I am so pleased she is now for the first time experiencing love from humans instead of pain. The woeful specimens involved in this spiteful sport should be locked away and never see freedom again. They must have some mental problem to be able to witness this horrible suffering. let us hope that karma is their reward.
Clearly Dog Heirs needs a mole. In any dog fighting ring there are the perpetrators and the participants. And there are many. I'm guessing there is a profile for these evil men. Imagine the banker you bank with is in this ring, the barber and the stock boy at the corner store. Yep, and they all walk around smiling, but have caused so much pain to the dogs. They don't give a damn they are sadist of the highest level who enjoy evil antics. Back in the day they burned people at the stake for evil behavior. Today, they can do whatever they want. Somewhere someone knows what is going on. Please speak up.
Thank you being a kind considerate human and opening your heart to a defenseless being with a loyal soul that we should all admire. Good luck with her treatment and thank you for inspiring others to be as courageous!
My heart has always told me that where ever possible, no animal should leave this world not knowing they were loved, told how amazing and good they were, and to never have to leave this world all alone. Please, let's all join together to see her through to a happier time and place. She is so deserving of nothing less. God bless her Good Samaritan!
Please, I implore you. Do everything you can for her. Euthanasia should only come as a final resort. She has had the worst days any innocent could experience. Give her some time, cancer be damed, to learn that we humans can be good and give her at least as many days possible to be loved and live a joyful experience. Cancer of the worst kind may seem awful, but compared to what she has already lived with, anyone or any dog would surely be thrilled to take a life of illness with love over a life of demonic level abuse and hatred. Don't cut her chance at love so short just to spare her a few days of illness.
don't euthanize her please. she deserves to live up to her last breath... she was lead to your doorstep because she wants to experience a happy life too :)
Wow.....just keep on updating about her.....I wanna know.....I won't be able to help with money but my prayers are always with her.......thanks so much for saving her......love you for this :)
Please tell us what more we could do for mama jade..??
I recently seen a news article where a condominium building, in I believe New Jersey, is doing DNA testing on the dog poop around the building to identify dog owners who do not pick up after their dogs. That being said, when dog fighting rings get busted the authorities often will find puppies at the sites where these dogs are kept. So there is the possibility that a lot of the dogs are genetically related. When a dog is found dumped and severely abused a DNA sample from the dog should be taken. This should be put in a data base that can be accessed by police when they bust a new dog fighting ring. This would allow them to press more charges and give them an idea of how long the ring has been in operation. If another dog is dumped in a different location but is a match to other dogs on the data base then this could lead to clues as to the location of the ring. When ever someone talks about DNA testing one immediately starts to think that this would be financially unfeasible, but if a condo building can find a way to do it, then perhaps we could find a way to do it to find the individuals that torture animals. Without these tools the chance that there will ever be any kind of justice for Mama Jade is very small and the likelihood that these individuals will keep torturing dogs is high. I hope that you take a sterile swab sample from Mama Jade in a sterile container. It would be very cheep to take the sample and perhaps in time a charitable institution will be set up to provide the funds for the DNA testing. This would at least give you a chance that your wish could be answered and the individuals responsible taken off the streets. Thank you so much for helping Mama Jade, and standing by her. I hope like the other commenters that she beats the cancer and finds a new peace in life. I also hope that one day her abuser is brought to justice so we can rest easy knowing that their isn't another dog out there right now being abused in the same way.
well, cant do much but if we all sent $10 maybe Mama Jade could at least have some paliative treatment and live a little longer with her beloved adopted human. god sent her to you and im glad you arent giving her back.
Cant believe someone would do such horrible things to a face like that. In the words of George Lopez "FTP"! Thanks for saving her. There is still some hope left in the world.
I just hope that those who treat animals with cruelty be jailed and to br punished the way they treated them. Can't stop crying.. I hope That Mama Jade can live longer so that she can experience more of being loved.
I "Liked" this page, not because I like what was done to this poor girl, but because of people like this lady who stood up for her and wrote about it and got people's attention. I pray she will beat this cancer and have a few happy, safe years with a decent human being, not scum like whoever used her as a bait dog. If it weren't for people like this Good Samaritan, I would give up on the human race, I swear I would.
I agree with Pamela. Give her a chance to experience life with a true dog lover, friend, and companion. Don't let that POS of a human who abused her, be her last memories, even though I'm sure you've already made such a big impact on her life in the short time she found you. I hope and pray that monster is found and is exposed for abuse and neglect he has inflicted upon one of God's most precious animals. The scary thing is I'm sure she isn't the only dog that pathetic excuse of a human has harmed but let's make her the last. I'm sharing your story and pray it continues to spread. Good luck and God bless you in your efforts and please please give her life with you to know true love and woman's best friend! ;)
Please don't let this baby die. She arrived on your doorstep for you to let her experience love. She deserves to live. Thank you, you are wonderful that's why she found you.
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