When a broken and beaten dog thought to have been used in a fighting operation for bait and breeding wandered up to a home in Nashville, Tennessee, it may have been the best move for her and for other dogs caught up in senseless acts of abuse.
The dog, dubbed “Mama Jade,” became an instant viral hit when her rescuer, Christianna Willis, 23, put on a fight of her own.
She wrote an open letter on Craigslist to the monsters who abused this poor dog entitled: “Your Pitbull Found Me and I Won’t Give Her Back.”
The letter begins:
“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.”
Filing and pulling teeth is a common method for keeping bait dogs from biting back at fighting dogs while they’re being trained.
After a sleepless first night with Mama Jade, who didn’t take her eyes off of her rescuer, Willis took her to the veterinary clinic where she works. There she discovered that the collar Mama Jade was wearing was cutting into her neck, and worse, the poor dog is suffering from breast cancer.
Her letter continues:
“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.”
Mama Jade’s story touched the hearts of tens of thousands on social media. Within 24 hours, thousands of people responded to the ad, offering to help pay for Mama Jade’s treatments if she could be saved.
Willis set up a Mama Jade Facebook page and wrote, “The response has been overwhelming and has restored a lot of my faith in humanity. Many people and charities have asked if they could donate funds for Mama to get the treatment for her cancer. Tonight I'll do my best to review as many of the emails as possible and I'll make a decision on what the best route to take will be. One thing is for certain though, Mama Jade is getting yet another chance at life.”
NewsChannel5.com in Nashville was one of the first to interview Christianna Willis. "That night I was just sitting in my room thinking about her because I was so angry," Willis told reporters of her heartfelt message.
A rescue, Big Fluffy Dogs, has offered to help with Mama Jade’s medical care, or, if her cancer is too advanced, hospice care, so that she may live her out her days knowing love and peace.
Willis also said in her Craigslist letter that she hopes the perpetrators who did these awful things to Mama Jade are caught and that she is planning to use Mama Jade's horrific experience to help educate children and others about the horrors of dogfighting.
Since Mama Jade’s Facebook page has reached more than 124,000 “likes” in the five days since it was created, we’re sure it’s a safe bet that Mama Jade’s message will be widely received.
Editor's Note: Image from Mama Jade's Facebook page