Jolie – Eating Like a Horse!

Jolie is putting on weight and should make a full recovery!

On the morning of August 4th, Jolie had no idea that this day was about to become the best day of her life. An East Baton Rouge Animal Shelter volunteer saw the hope in this sweet girl’s eyes and took her home for the night (to make sure she wasn’t put to sleep). Jolie had been starved nearly to death. She could barely hold her head up for more than a few seconds at a time, was infested with hookworms and fleas, had pneumonia, and was severely anemic.

The volunteer took her back to the shelter the next day where the staff realized she needed more medical care than the shelter could provide. They called Cypress Lake Animal Hospital and asked if they could take a look at her. Cypress Lake staff called America’s Dog Pit Bull Rescue about Jolie, who agreed to pay her care and find her a home if she lived.

Jolie’s blood tests showed all her organ levels were normal. What was miraculous, though, was that Jolie was hungry. Sometimes dogs in such an emaciated state don’t have the strength, or the will, to eat but Jolie wasn’t one of those dogs. The vets started her on IV fluids and antibiotics, and fed her every couple of hours.

Jolie hasn’t stopped eating yet and is getting stronger every day. After just 5 days, Jolie took her first steps, her pneumonia is almost gone, and the IV has been removed. She’s gaining weight and now weighs 32 pounds, about half of what she should weigh. Jolie has a long, long way to go but her spirit is good, she’s more active every day, and has forgiven her caretakers for whatever inhumanity she suffered in the past.


  1. ana says on  08/13/2012 at 3:49 pm

    Please let us know how is she getting along with a new pic if possible!
    Thankyou, thankyou, thanks a lot!

  2. Clea says on  08/13/2012 at 3:51 pm

    I would like to see photos of her progress as she gets better. Looking at that photo made me cry.

  3. Good girl Jolie. Dogs are just amazing. Well, all animals, really. They eventually forgive people if you give them enough time, no matter what they’ve been through.

    I look forward to seeing Jolie healthy and happy!

  4. Please let us see pics of ‘improving’ Jolie, she’s so beautiful!

  5. Leximou says on  08/13/2012 at 5:27 pm

    May this fur child find the kindest of forever homes and lead a long and healthy life. The only thing that could make this story better is if the scum-of-the-earth that did this to her was put in jail for a long time.

  6. Anonymous says on  08/13/2012 at 7:11 pm

    its sad to c such a nice dog like that suffer. its sad to c her in that type of shape but at least she’s found people to love & care for her now & that’s all that matters. hats off to you & everyone involved in helping save her life cuz she deserves it! will be nice to c what she looks like in a few weeks when she’s gotten more of her weight & strength back. please keep us posted! thank you :)

  7. Melissa says on  08/13/2012 at 7:12 pm

    sorry that last comment was by me the -anonymous one- i forgot to put my name in :)

  8. Anonymous says on  08/13/2012 at 8:32 pm


  9. Anonymous says on  08/13/2012 at 9:39 pm

    Thank goodness there are some people who still care!!!!

  10. Anonymous says on  08/14/2012 at 10:23 am

    It would be great to hear about her progress. Thanks for taking care of her, you are all good people and may God bless you.

  11. Sharon B. Gofberg says on  08/14/2012 at 1:04 pm

    I could Love this dog with all My heart. thank you for all you’ve done for her.

  12. Paula says on  08/14/2012 at 1:29 pm

    Thank God there are people who care enough to help Jolie through this. Please post pictures of how she is recouperating and give us updates. God bless all of you who are taking care of sweet Jolie. May she find a forever home and live happily ever after! You deserve a wonderful life, Jolie!

  13. Erika says on  08/15/2012 at 5:43 pm

    Hi, I’d like to know if Jolie has or will have her own facebook page, so I can follow her progress. Thank you! Good luck to that sweet little girl! Much love!!

  14. Danie says on  08/28/2012 at 8:00 am

    Any news? How is she now? Are there new pictures?

  15. Kelly says on  09/13/2012 at 4:29 am

    Would really like to see an updated picture of Jolie & some information on her progress. Words can’t describe the way it makes me feel about the people that allowed othis to happen or made this happen to her. Thinking about her all the time and hoping she finds a forever home with all the love and attention she deserves xox

  16. Sal Meatballs says on  02/02/2013 at 10:22 pm

    you can see how much she progressed & how great she looked after 3 months by watching the Season 4 Episode 13 of Pit Bulls and Parolees. She looks amazing & is so happy.

  17. Leslie says on  11/30/2013 at 5:01 pm

    Just saw the Pit Bulls and Parolees episode- she looked wonderful and has been adopted by a couple with two other dogs. They have acreage in New Hampshire for her to run and play. Amazing story!!

    • Rene says on  01/12/2015 at 6:15 pm

      Thanks for that comment. It’s good to hear that Jolie has indeed found a new home, with acreage! And it’s So good to hear that she doing good and looked wonderful! It would’ve been awesome if this website had added some follow up on how Jolie is doing right now. I agree with Clea, where she says “Looking at that photo made me cry.” Same natural response here! Dogs are just one of THE most WONDERFUL creatures under the sky. If not THE most wonderful, loyal, friendly and loving… So many times I am deeply ashamed to be a human being. Then, some times it’s so encouraging to learn that there are also good humans on the face of this planet… Way to go East Baton Rouge Animal Shelter volunteers!!!

  18. Anonymous says on  04/09/2015 at 10:19 am

    What a GREAT man she looks so luvlylooking now on program WOW

  19. Anonymous says on  05/11/2015 at 7:59 pm

    I can’t believe that people would do such a thing! It’s terrible ! So glad you found her and took her in. Thats what I want to do some day, help animals and stop animal cruelty !!!!!!

  20. Anonymous says on  07/02/2015 at 10:07 am

    This video shows what she looked like after she put on some weight.

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