Molly the pit bull experienced the very worst and the very best of humankind during her very short life. Molly was brutalized as a bait dog and then left tied to a pole in the basement of an abandoned Baltimore house at six months old. She was found by a workman, rescued, then adopted into a loving home.
Molly flourished in her new home and became attached to her dog siblings and her humans. For three months she knew happiness, comfort, companionship and love. Then a sudden and catastrophic health event ended her life.
A friend made the following memorial video in honor of Molly. It is both heartbreaking and heartwarming to watch.
WARNING: The video contains a few disturbing photos showing Molly’s injuries when she was found.
The creator of the memorial video writes:
Molly, at 6 months old, was found in a basement, tied to a pole… it appeared she’d been used as a bait dog in a dog fighting ring. With love and support, Molly healed and continued to love both people and dogs, despite what was done to her. On February 1st Molly took a sudden turn, just when things seemed so hopeful, and developed a profound infection of her entire hind end. It progressed so quickly it ruptured disks in her spine, paralyzing her. Molly had fought hard, but she would not be coming home this time… This video is in honor of Molly, and all those who loved and cared for her. Run Free Molly, thank you for giving us a second chance.
It’s with the heaviest heart that I write this post to everyone. As some of you know Molly has had ongoing medical issues since we officially adopted her, none that we weren’t determined to overcome, she was a strong girl after all and had already overcome so much. This morning, however, that changed. Molly appeared to have lost all feeling from her waist down for reasons we were baffled by. I immediately took her to a specialist to see what might be going on neurologically. She was clearly in an immense amout of pain because for the first time ever she grolwed and snapped at me when I tried to carry her. The Dr did an initial exam and immediately suspected some sort of infection that was causing her issues. Off went Molly for xrays and an MRI. While I waited I wandered down the street to a pet supply store, bought her some get well toys, never for a moment thinking she wouldn’t come home, and went back to take my girl home. When I got back to the vet I was hit with the worst news ever. Molly had severe infections in her body, from her back legs all the way up her spine. The infection was so bad the images I saw showed no spine at all, infection grew between her discs and caused them to fracture and her vertebrae ruptured. Molly would never be able to walk again, she would be incontinent for the rest of her life, she would need multiple surgeries to repair her spine, and would be in quite a bit of pain through this. My first selfish response was ok, let’s go, we can do this. The vet very kindly suggested that I think about Molly, this isn’t her only health issue, her life would be cut short because of her lupus, is it fair to put her through more surgery, more pain, because I couldn’t bear the thought of letting her go. In the end, after talking to family and close friends, as well as two other vets, we took Molly to BARCS to see her family there one last time (she is our mascot and always in my office with me), grabbed ice cream on the way, and I held her in my arms, kissed her face and told her I loved her as she passed. Molly and I, we had big plans. She was going to be a certified therapy dog, we were going to do Humane Education together, she was already changing minds about pit bulls and making people see what an abused dog has to endure. When the vet told me all that she was going through he said he was shocked that she was able to push aside the pain for this long. I wasn’t shocked. That was Molly, her tail never stopped wagging, her kisses were for eternity, and through everything she’s endured she never stopped loving people. I cannot put into words all that Molly has taught me about survival, forgiveness, love, compassion, and life as a whole. I can only hope everyone one is lucky enough to have their own Molly touch them at some point in their life. All of your support through this and the encouragement Molly received these past few months has been nothing short of amazing. I felt I was cheating her when I said her family was there for her at the end because in reality, just a small portion of her family was, you all have grown to be Molly’s family and friends too. I will never forget last weekend at the Pet Expo, Molly had people coming to see her that drove from other states, she got to see how special she was. I never knew I could fall in love with a dog in just a few short months but Molly wasn’t just any dog and what we went through seemed like more than a lifetime for any dog to handle. I don’t know when this feeling of unimaginable sadness will go away but I know Molly will always be with us and we will continue to fight for those without a voice in her honor. This is the last picture I ever got to take of Molly, when we thought we were just making it through another vet visit before carrying on. I’m honored to have spent this time getting our last hugs in… Via Hope for Molly at Facebook