Khaleesi is an abused Pit Bull who came into the spotlight last year as the victim of shocking animal abuse. The poor pup lost half of her face and also suffered damage to her back. When she was finally turned in to Orange County Animal Control, many people thought that they would have to give up on this spunky little lady, but that is when Passion 4 Pits stepped in and changed her life.

Passion 4 Pits is a non-profit dog rescue located in St Petersburg, Florida that specializes in pulling Pit Bulls from high-kill shelters. Many of the dogs that they rescue are in need of serious medical attention, which makes fundraising an essential part of their operation. Thanks to their help, Khaleesi has had the first of several reconstructive surgeries that will make it easier for her to breathe, walk and live a normal, happy life.


When Khaleesi arrived at Passion 4 Pits, she was very nervous. It took a lot of love and the care of Stephanie Paquin and her husband Mike Fleury, founders of Passion 4 Pits, to help this little lady believe that everything was going to be okay. Although she was able to breathe from her mouth, she needed to have her nasal passage reconstructed to enable her to breathe normally again. Following her surgery, poor Khaleesi spent a few weeks in the hospital, recovering. Her front canine teeth were also removed in the surgery.

Soon, Khaleesi was on the road to recovery. Here she is on the day she was released from the hospital.

There was no stopping this resilient pooch as she began to relax, enjoying all of the simple pleasures of being a dog.

Soon Khalessi became an advocate for other Pitties and abused dogs. Her story has become quite the inspiration to others.

It didn’t take long for the story of this amazing dog and the kind people who love her to reach national media.

Eventually, Hollywood came calling, as Khaleesi was nominated for the Underdog of The Year Award! How exciting!

Although she was awarded the highest honor that a dog can get, Khaleesi took the whole thing in stride, using this as an opportunity to raise awareness about animal abuse. Her  obvious physical trauma stands as a symbol of the cruelty that humans can inflict on animals, but her resilience represents a triumph of the animal spirit.

Thanks to Passion 4 Pits and their amazing fundraising work, Khaleesi’s life has been changed forever! If you would like to learn more about Passion 4 Pits and the work that they do there, please visit their website here.

All image source: Khaleesi the Pit Bull/Facebook