A volunteer from the shelter where the dog was found videotaped the creature and managed to capture the attention of many people.
Sarah Sleime is a volunteer from Greater Charlotte SPCA. She was visiting a shelter run by Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control in North Carolina when she saw a very quiet and immobile dog.
The woman noticed that the creature was sad and crying from being alone.
"I was walking through the kennels, and I saw this pit bull sitting there, and it was very human, collapsed and very lonely. So I leaned over and started talking to her," the woman told The Dodo.
When Sarah talked to the dog, tears came down her eyes. For the volunteer, it was obvious that the pit bull, recently delivered to the shelter, was very distressed and obese.
The woman said that the shelter workers believe that the dog was confined and used as a breeding machine. "Obviously she has had many, many litters," Sarah added. Read more on our Twitter account @amomama_usa
The SPCA was not in a position to take out the big dogs because there were not enough foster homes, but the volunteer knew she had to do something to help the pit bull. So she took out her phone and recorded it in a video she later posted on Facebook.
On its publication in the social network, Sarah told The Dodo the following: "I shared her video on Facebook, and I had no idea it would be seen 700,000 times on the first day."
Many people from all over the world sent messages to her account, the inbox was overflowing.
Many told her they wanted to adopt the dog, which was named Cinnamon at the time, but it was Sarah's friend, Meghan Shelton, who finally adopted her.
Meghan told The Dodo that she has a special place in his heart for pit bulls.
"I think they are a misunderstood breed. And when I saw her in that video, literally crying in a cage, I cried. My daughters cried. I showed it to my husband, and he said we could go see it tomorrow. "
NOW THE DOG HAS A NEW HOME
The next day, a line was formed outside the shelter to see Cinnamon. Meghan and her family were the first on the line. When they got to know her, they were all in love with her.
"It was super sweet. They had taken her to a room to meet us, and we simply let her relax. My daughters were on the floor with her, and she sat on their laps and gave them lots of kisses. "
Shelton and his family knew that Cinnamon was the right one, so they completed the paperwork to adopt it. The new family called her Rosie. After that, the dog was sterilized and taken to her new home the next day.
They already had a pit bull named Blu, a three-year-old male. They were not quite sure how he would react if another dog joined the family but they had to try.
THE ENCOUNTER BETWEEN BLU AND ROSIE
Meghan said she had no intention of introducing the dogs during the first days. "I just wanted [Rosie] to get used to the house and get used to walking outside. So we actually took her to our room with her cage full of blankets. "
But she whimpered at the bedroom door. "I realized that our male dog was on the other side of the door, and he was doing the same thing," he told The Dodo.
She added: "So I had the kids put a leash on it, and I put a leash on Blu and we took them outside so they could meet. It was interesting because you never know how it's going to work, but they sat side by side wagging their tails."
BLU AND ROSIE ARE NOW BEST FRIENDS
Meghan told The Dodo the following: "When [Rosie] gets excited she snorts like a pig ... she's very cute. My daughters took her for a walk to the bus stop this morning, and when new children came down, she snorted until they came to caress her. "
The Sheltons have not had Rosie for a long time, but she is becoming a real character, with her own personality. They no longer imagine what it would be like to be without her.