While on outreach one day, Chain of Hope volunteers spotted this wonderful little brindle and white pit bull. She was just a puppy-about 6 mo. old. She had a chain around her neck that she was chained up with. She had a dog house and had torn up toys all over (at least she had something to do while chained!). Red was so incredibly cute! She had that adorable, big pittie smile!
We pulled over, went up to the door and met the owner. She said that the dog’s name was Red. I asked her if she had come into heat yet and she said no. I asked her if she was interested in getting her spayed and the woman said yes. Since Red was on the verge of coming into heat and being raped on her chain, we made arrangements for me to pick her up that week and get her in.
When I took Red home from being spayed, I gave the owners a crate to keep her inside. We continued to check on Red, but she was always outside. She had fly bites on her ears and when we asked why they didn’t keep her inside, especially because we’d given them a crate, they just insisted that they did bring her inside sometimes. Every time we went there, she was tied outside. I highly doubt that they took her inside.
We had a very generous person that donated a nice dog run and we decided that Red could really use it. They obviously weren’t going to keep her inside and she was hyper and frustrated being chained. Donna was nice enough to go pick up the dog run and bring it to Red’s house on a pretty hot day. The owner, his friend, Judy, Erica and I put the run up. It was the kind with the rolled fencing that you have to unroll and fasten to the frame. It took a long time to get it all together. Red was just happy for the company and was watching everything that we were doing. She kept smiling her incredible smile!
We finally got Red all set up in the run. It was good that she had a lot of shade where she was. She was a busy girl checking everything out. It, of course, is not as good as being an indoor dog, but at least she won’t have that chain pulling at her neck all the time. If we can improve a dog’s life and get them set up a little better than we found them, then sometimes that’s all we can do. We talked with the owner about the need to clean up the poop in the pen, etc In true Chain of Hope style, we will be checking up on Red from time to time. The best part of all is that she will never add to the pit bull tragedy by popping out a litter of puppies.
Red is now spayed, vaccinated and off the chain! We think she’s pretty special!