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Rescued Pitt Bull Needs Help

I found “Jade,” a pregnant lab/pit mix, with a companion, stuck between the inner and outer lanes of I-485 (Mile marker 9.6). Jade was actually in the center lane making her way to the median in the middle of the highway which consisted of metal rails and a patch of grass.

Oddly there were no cars ahead of me or behind me at the time. I began slowing down and swerving the car to capture the attention of the dogs and any cars coming up from behind in the distance.

I managed to corral the dogs with the car and out of oncoming traffic (for the moment).

The companion dog was obviously scared and aggressive. He wanted nothing to do with people. I rustled through the car looking for ANY food I might have. As fate would have it I found a Ziploc bag with about three puppy treats in it (I ended up with this bag the night before when a teammate forgot her new puppy’s items, leaving them behind at the field. She asked me to grab them for her.)

I used the three treats as slowly as possible. As soon as the attention from the dogs would fade, and they would start off towards the rear of the car to cross the highway, I’d whistle them back and drop a little bit of treat to the ground. I found a granola bar as well which they enjoyed. Jade just sat and watched me, wanting more food passed out the window.

During all of this I was on the phone with 911, 311, and ultimately, Animal Control. Approximately 15 minutes passed until AC arrived. They caught Jade as she put up no fight. The other dog was aggressively restrained and added to the truck.

This was on a Sunday.

Tuesday afternoon I stopped by Animal Control after work. I wanted to check on the dogs and see if it would be possible to take a few photos to put on facebook to help in the adoption process.

Animal Control informed me that Pit Bulls were not permitted to be adopted “out” in Mecklenburg County and that the female would be destroyed, regardless of her pregnancy. The male was apparently put down immediately due to his aggressiveness. They theorized he was “wild.”

After trying to listen and understand the county’s stance on Pit Bulls I was unable to contain my disgust. An employee at AC pulled me aside and told me of the only possible way to save the dog. It would require not only finding an adoptive parent for her but a “rescue” group to “bail” her out (as rescue groups here are typically too full to take in an addition).

Let me just say that at no point did I feel as though Animal Control wanted to do anything other than destroy this dog. There was ABSOLUTELY NO EFFORT on their part to help. I even asked for a photo. They told me to get the one online. I left Animal Control feeling an immense sense of responsibility to save this dog’s life. After all, it was because of me that she was now in this horrible predicament.

When I found the image online, I had to do a screen-grab, save it, open it in Photoshop, crop it, and save it. Not exactly “user-friendly.” Way to go GovCo!

I utilized my knowledge of social media to start spreading the word. Wilson, from Fox News Rising, and I have bantered back and forth on occasion as he is a HUGE SPEED fan (where I work). He was kind enough to mention the situation several times on his morning show and, as luck would have it, he knew someone at Project Halo and reached out to them.

Project Halo stepped up and offered to “bail” her out as long as I had a foster home for her. Finally, a friend of a friend said, “I’ll take her…” I promised as much effort to help her with the cost of the puppies and medical treatment for the entire family. I have since set up a “Chip-In” account for donations to help with medical needs. (Donation Page)

Jade’s “extermination” date was Thursday, April 22nd. I called and emailed Animal Control several times to be sure they understood she was officially being rescued. They said they would begin the health check on Thursday morning. We bailed her out that evening around 6:30pm. The medical checkup before her found that she had heartworm. Additional tests revealed she was beginning to go into labor.

On Saturday, April 24th, Jade had 9 puppies. Each healthy and happy. If you’ve seen the photos you can see the pride in her eyes.

Everything in this world is cyclical. Never believe otherwise. The coincidence, timing, and outcome of this were absolute fate, without a doubt.

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