"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.
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."
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:
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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