When a severely abused bit pull turned up at one woman’s front door, what she saw infuriated her. The animal was so beaten and bruised that she feared the dog wouldn’t last the night. So, with nowhere else to vent her frustrations, she posted a scathing letter to the animal’s owner online.
Christina Willis comes from the city of Nashville in Tennessee. She works there as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic. As a result, she often sees animals in varying stages of ill health.
So, when a lone pit bull wandered up to her home’s front door one day, a roommate called upon her for help. And when Willis set eyes on the poor pup, she immediately knew something was wrong. So, she decided to take a closer look.
“I took off her collar and saw rope marks around her neck, bite marks all around her nuzzle. She was really banged up,” Willis told ABC News in 2013. “There was blood in the crate from pressure wounds on her elbows that bust open every time she lied down.”
Furthermore, scars covered the dog’s body and some of them were bleeding. Willis believed her owner had bred the animal to the point where her body was almost broken. But the worst was still to come.
Willis decided to look inside the dog’s mouth to get an idea of how old she might be. However, when Willis pulled the animal’s jaw open, she burst out in tears. That was because someone had removed most of the dog’s teeth and filed down the ones that were left.
The dog was in such a bad way that Willis wasn’t sure she’d make it through the night. But Willis decided to care for her anyway, keeping her well fed. But when she took the animal to the vet the following day, she was sure they would put the dog down.
However, the vets didn’t euthanize the dog straight away. Instead, they decided to wait a night to see if she perked up. Meanwhile, Willis went home that evening and decided to make her emotions known on Craigslist.
Addressing the dog’s owner, Willis decided to share what she thought about the abuse the dog had suffered. In her post, she called the animal “Mama Jade.” And Willis certainly didn’t hold back when it came to expressing her thoughts and feelings.
“When her soul has left her battered body and I’ve dried the tears enough to see, I will document every bruise, every bite, every cut, scrape and gash,” she warned. “I’ll turn in all the evidence and post it where EVERYONE will see it. I’ll use it to educate kids in heavily crime ridden areas on the horrors of dog fighting.”
“One day, you will be caught,” Willis continued. “If I ever find out who did this to the dog we all lovingly know as ‘Mama Jade’ I honestly don’t know what I would do. But it would probably involve contacting your mother and informing her of what a monster she managed to raise. My goal would be to make a mockery out of your pathetic life.”
“Somehow, God must have led this mama to my doorstep, knowing she’d find comfort here,” Willis added in the post. “The next morning, I took her to my work on my day off. I work at an animal hospital.”
According to Willis, Mama Jade had a big heart. And, despite everything she’d been through, she was very trusting of humans if they treated her with kindness. All in all, that made the thought of vets putting her down even harder for Willis to accept.
“Over the last three days, our staff has grown to love this beautiful and broken soul,” Willis wrote. “Skin and bones, we feed her constantly but only foods that are soft enough for her… You know, since you ripped her teeth out and all.”
“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,” she added. “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.”
And, with that, Willis posted her note online. However, she could never have expected what happened next. The post went viral. Indeed, thousands of people got in touch to see if they could help Mama Jade in any way.
As a result, Willis and the staff at her workplace decided to give the dog another chance at life. So, vets began treating her for a number of ailments, including breast cancer. Finally, Mama Jade was experiencing human compassion.
Moreover, the interest in Mama Jade was so great that Willis established a Facebook page for the dog. On it, she vowed to update followers about the pit bull’s progress. And, within days, over 100,000 people had liked the page.
When she eventually came out of hospital, Mama Jade went to live with Willis. And she enjoyed her days there until she sadly passed away in 2015. Naturally, the loss came as a huge blow to Willis, who’d spent two years caring for the dog.
However, Willis vowed to keep Mama Jade’s legacy alive. So she now dedicates her time to rescuing other dogs and nursing them to health. As a result, thanks to Mama Jade, fewer dogs will suffer the same fate as her.