He Rescued A Pitbull From A Dogfighting Operation. What He Plans To Do Next, INCREDIBLE!Ashley Maisano
A two-year-old Pit bull, named Louie, was one of 12 dogs who were rescued when authorities raided a fighting operation in Macon, Georgia. He was in horrible shape; his knees were ruined from a lifetime at the end of a heavy logging chain and his elbow was shattered from a bite. He was so hungry that he was eating broken bottles.
Jason Flatt, founder of Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue based in Dallas, was visiting Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare Department when he heard about Louie. He was there picking up a puppy, but before he left, he told them to pick out the dog from the fighting ring who was in the worst shape. They brought him Louie, and Flatt took him home.
Despite all that Louie had been through, he was still extremely sweet and affectionate, which just goes to show the misconceptions about these dogs. “Fighting dogs are not bred to be human aggressive,” Flatt explained to The Dodo. “People mistake that all the time. They’re amazing for their resiliency. As much as they may sometimes hurt another animal, they want to please a human twice as much.”
“Everyone thinks these fighting dogs are these 100-pound monsters,” Flatt told The Dodo. “They’re usually between 35 and 50 pounds and they’re kept really thin and muscular.” Except for Louie who was withering away to nothing. Louie will need two separate surgeries in the days ahead, and once he is fully recovered, he will be ready for his furever home.
As for the man who did this to Louie and the other pups—he was charged with dogfighting, to go along with 11 counts of cruelty to animals.
Flatt is planning to buy 14-acres of land behind his existing 16 acres in Dallas to build the country’s “first hardcore pit bull shelter.” The 20,000-square-foot building will have a swimming pool, indoor and outdoor play areas and runs, as well as veterinary and grooming stations. A portion of the facility will be devoted to former fighting dogs as a sanctuary for those who are rescued.
“Dogs can stay there as long as they need to,” Flatt told The Dodo. “If they can’t be adopted out, they’ll stay there for life. And if they can get adopted out, as soon as one leaves, we’ll get another one. That’s my plan, man.”