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Rescued Bait Dog Can’t Stop Kissing The People Who Saved Her

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When Colette came into a shelter earlier this month, her body was covered with infected bite wounds and she was weak from years of being kept in a cage so small she couldn’t stand upright.

Her lower jaw was broken, and it had been like that for at least a few years — an old injury from her life as a bait dog. She trembled in fear in the presence of people and other dogs, because the only life she knew was a dogfighting ring.

Warning: Mildly graphic photos below.

But still, Colette couldn’t stop showing how thankful she was to finally be safe.

The 4-year-old pit bull was brought into a South Carolina animal shelter earlier this month after someone driving saw her wandering along the side of the road. She was in a completely rural area with no other homes around — so rescuers believe she was driven out there and dumped.

Luckily, Colette made it into the hands of a shelter who didn’t want to stop at just taking her in. Seeing all the signs of having been in a dogfighting ring, the rescuers went to police to file a report and try to find the person responsible for Colette’s horrible injuries. An investigation into the dogfighting ring is currently ongoing, so the shelter and exact location can’t be named.

Seeing pictures of Colette online — and knowing the unique challenges that ex-bait dogs can face in shelters — Second Chance Rescue in New York City instantly stepped in to volunteer to pay for all her medical care and to coordinate her adoption once she’s back in good health. From states away, the rescue’s president, Jennifer Brooks, has been in touch daily with Colette’s rescuers to follow her progress.

“She has captured the hearts of everyone at the shelter — they all think she’s absolutely precious,” Brooks told The Dodo. “She has warmed up to people, too. There’s a volunteer there who visits her every day and brings her a hamburger, so of course Colette is very bonded with her.”

COLETTE THE BAIT DOG

********COLETTE THE BAIT DOG UPDATE*****In this video it's almost like she is begging her angel not to leave her, if she could crawl inside this person to feel warm and safe……….she would. Sometimes us ladies need an escape to the bathroom together, where it's quiet, private, and the secrets remain with the walls, it is safe. I would like to answer some frequent questions that have come up regarding Colette:***REMINDER: She is on a ten day Dept of Health quarantine that is mandated by law. Why? 1. She has over 100 bites (both new and Old) all over her 2. There is an active CLOSED investigation on her to try to catch the perp that tortured her and objectified her.* She has not been, Kid, Cat, Dog tested for a variety of reasons. 1. She is in no condtion to be put through that test. 2. Her medical is the major concern right now (Heartworm Pos, punctures, broken Jaw etc..) 3. It is the last thing we are concerned about right now and we are far from even caring right now…it will happen but not now.*She Has a VET who is tending to her medical needs, all of her needs and he is very sympathetic and empathetic *The folks who work at the shelter are incredibly in love with her Colette will one day know that struggle was her greatest teacher and when that day comes she will have a human who will look at her and say "Colette, you inspire me with your determination and for that I promise to love you forever" . As humans we have the capacity for greatness that is endless and we have an obligation to offer that to one another so we can live better and be better people for the animals. Never stop working on yourselves and never give up…………Colette didn'tTo donate to Colette you can at : Nycsecondchancerescue.org/donate or hit the donate button on the video for this sweet babe.* We read every comment on the threads late at night and every comment made on the donations, we thank you all for your support and beautiful words–Namaste #BECAUSETHEYMATTR#JESUISCOLETTE

Posted by Second Chance Rescue NYC Dogs on Thursday, November 16, 2017

According to Brooks, dogfighters will use passive dogs like Colette to train their dogs how to fight to the death. Offenders will typically use duct tape or barbed wire to force the bait dog’s mouth shut so they cannot defend themselves from the attack. Brooks said this is likely what broke Colette’s jaw a few years ago, and she had been living with the injury ever since.

If the bait dogs make it out of the violent attacks alive, they are consistently used again for the same cruel purpose. In Colette’s case, her previous owner also bred her, and she gave birth to at least four litters of puppies in her life, Brooks said. Between thinking about the constant physical abuse Colette endured and the use of her body for however many puppies she could produce, Brooks said she “just cries” whenever she shares an update about the dog on the rescue’s Facebook page.

“This dog never knew a warm moment in her life,” Brooks said. “My range of emotions goes from anger to deep, dark sadness to ugly-face crying over her. I picture in my head what she went through over and over again.”

Bait dog survivors typically struggle with reactivity toward other dogs and sometimes need rehabilitation to become more trusting of people and other dogs. However, Colette is the exact opposite; after becoming comfortable in her new environment, Brooks said, she has been very loving toward people and dogs that she meets.

“Colette is the fourth bait dog we’ve ever had — and she’s the first one who is not dog reactive,” Brooks said. “The fact that she can walk past other dogs and not lunge at them is so great. She just continues to show us how forgiving and sweet she really is.”

So far, Colette has undergone surgery to repair her broken jaw and is getting stronger each day. In the coming weeks, she will be spayed and treated for heartworms and the many wounds scattered across her body. Then, she will eventually be ready for a trip into New York.

But instead of going to another shelter, Colette will be going to her forever home.

“We’re so lucky to have been flooded with applications to adopt Colette,” Brooks said. “Her story touched so many hearts — she is really going to be a wonderful companion for her new family. We’ve already chosen them and are so excited to tell them the good news.”

While the investigation is still ongoing, Brooks said, she anticipates the day when the case is over and she can finally announce the identities of the kind shelter workers who took Colette in and took the first steps toward getting the dog the justice she deserves.

“We will let you all know exactly where this took place, who the amazing shelter is and who Colette’s angels are, one of whom I speak with every day,” Brooks said. “Every scar on Colette, every broken tooth in her mouth is a timeline map of everything she has endured. We’re making sure this girl gets everything she needs until she finally goes home to her castle.”

Credit : Thedodo.com

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