Due to societal stigmas, Pit Bulls often have a harder time than other dogs. They are routinely victimized by the cruel dog fighting industry. Breed specific legislation seems to constantly target both Pit Bulls and their lookalikes — meanwhile, Pit Bulls are not even an actual “breed.” In some counties, Pit Bulls cannot even be adopted out — like in Henry County in Georgia.
When three five-week-old puppies, named Nugget, Krissy, and Sunshine, were found living in an abandoned area in the woods, the possibility that they would never make it out of Henry County Animal Care and Control was very real. According to their policy, any stray Pit Bull found is held for three days before being euthanized. But thanks to kind-hearted animal control officers, these babies escaped a grim fate.
Because Henry County Animal Care and Control in Georgia has a policy of not adopting out dogs considered Pit Bulls, Sunshine, the puppy in the photo below, and her siblings were going to be put to sleep. But the kind-hearted humans at animal control did something amazing.
An animal control officer placed a phone call to Friends of the Forlorn Pit Bull Rescue. Founder Jason Flatt rescued the pups and found a foster home for each of them. But one baby, Sunshine, the littlest puppy, was having trouble with her missing paw.
Flatt saw that Sunshine struggled constantly with trying to walk on her paw, so he wanted to help her out. He brought her to the vet and she was fitted with a temporary prosthetic.
Clearly, Sunshine was overjoyed to have her new paw. Soon, she’ll have four proper prosthetics, each a different size to accommodate her doggy growth spurts.
We’re so glad that in spite of breed specific legislation, some kind people stood up for these baby Pit Bulls and helped save their lives. Little Sunshine has already made strides learning to use her temporary prosthetic, but because she’s still a baby, she has a lot of growing to do. Without multiple prosthetics to accommodate her as she grows, Sunshine runs the risk of atrophy, or muscle loss due to underuse.
If you’re interested in helping Sunshine get a full set of prosthetics, click here. If you’re interested in giving her or any of her siblings Nugget and Krissy (or all three puppies!) a forever home, click here.
All image source: Friends to the Forlorn Pit Bull Rescue/Facebook