Fifty’s story is hard to stomach, but I feel like the more I get it out there the more awareness it brings to the cause. Fifty was shot in 2007 in both of his right limbs by a police officer because of breed discrimination. Fifty was not attacking anyone or causing any trouble. He simply is a pit bull, and this police officer felt the need to shoot him not once, but twice. After going through two amputations the family lost their home in the financial crisis and he was left at the Animal Welfare league’s Intake Facility on the Southside of Chicago. This is a high-kill shelter and I know Fifty was saved and pulled into rescue because of all he had already been through. Diane, their shelter manager of 40+ years, is honestly my hero. Every time I’m hugging him I thank her in my head, because he would not be in my arms if she didn’t have faith in this two-legged pit bull/mastiff mix with the goofiest smile and the best kisses ever. Doberman Rescue Plus pulled him, fostered him for nine months, and the rest is history.
We’ve gone through a lot together, the two legs and I. I cringe every time he stumbles, cry every so often when I really get to thinking about what he’s been through, and I’ve even had a man tell me I am cruel for keeping him alive, or even for walking him. But that’s about 1% of the time. The other 99% is spent running and playing, cuddling, doing his physical therapy, taking him out to meet people (he loves people more than any dog I have ever met, especially kids!) and just spending all of our time together. He is the best dog ever and truly an ambassador for the breed.
~ Written by Fifty’s mom, Kelly N. Michael, who shares his adventures on Fifty’s Facebook page, Fifty the 2-legged pit bull!
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