Last Friday night a badly abused dog suddenly appeared on the front porch of Christianna Willis’ Nashville home. Heartbroken and frustrated over the abuse this poor dog had suffered Willis turned to Craigslist to write a letter to those responsible for the dog’s horrific treatment. Willis was just hoping to vent her frustration, but the post soon went viral and she received thousands of e-mails of people wanting to help.
On Friday night Willis received a text from her roommate letting her know a dog had walked up to him while he was out on their porch and she was in bad shape. He also sent a picture and Willis knew immediately from that one picture that the dog had suffered horrible abuse, most likely as a bait dog. Willis rushed home to help.
Once home Willis realized the extent of the injuries the poor dog named Mama Jade had suffered.
“I saw her teeth and saw that her teeth had been pulled out and filed down, and I just started crying,” said Willis. “I immediately started bawling.”
The next day Willis took Mama Jade to the animal hospital where she works. Willis was once again heartbroken when it was discovered Mama Jade had cancer. Knowing how much pain Mama Jade had already suffered Willis thought it would be best to humanly euthanize her but when the time came on Tuesday she put it off.
That night Willis was feeling angry about the horrible life Mama Jade had to endure. She turned to Craigslist to vent and wrote to Mama Jade’s owners letting them know they would never get her back. Although Willis was writing the post just to get out her anger and frustration it soon did a lot more.
Within days Willis had received thousands of e-mails from people all over the country wanting to help Mama Jade.
“Never once did I think it would reach so many people,” wrote Willis on the Facebook page she set up for Mama Jade. “After realizing how many people were behind her, it became apparent that this girl is not quite ready to leave us just yet.”
Willis created the Facebook page and got to work on creating a “Mama Jade’s Cancer Treatment Fund.” To find out you can help visit Mama Jade’s Facebook Page.
Below is Willis’ Craigslist Ad in full:
“Last Friday night, your dog wondered up onto our porch. Signs of the abuse she had somehow escaped, riddled her body. The fresh bite marks on her muzzle, the scars that covered her body, the exposed pink and purple flesh around her neck, where she was obviously tied up with ropes that cut their way into her skin, over and over again. The obvious signs that she had been bred, relentlessly, time after time. The pressure wounds on her elbows that bled whenever they touched anything, from being tied and forced to lay on cement ground and metal cage mesh.
None of those things are even the worst part. Upon examining her teeth to gauge her approximate age, I burst into tears. I found that you had pulled the majority of them out and the ones you left, had been filed down. And you did this without anaesthesia, this I am sure of. You did this so she couldn’t fight back. You did this so she couldn’t injure any dogs you had trained to fight, when you threw her in there with them. With each bite of her they took and each yelp she cried, they’d look at you for reassurance. Because all they wanted to do was please you. Loyalty is in their blood. Violence is not.
The first night she was here, I stayed up with her and only slept for 2 hours. Every time I’d move, she’d get up and look at me with worry stricken eyes. She didn’t want me to leave her.
Somehow, God must have led this mama to my doorstep, knowing she’d find comfort here. The next morning, I took her to my work on my day off. I work at an animal hospital.
Upon entering the building, her neck started to bleed. The thick collar which you put on her, had cut into the tender scars on her neck. She didn’t even yelp. I discovered it as I was weighing her and saw blood on the scale. I took the ridiculous thing off of her.
The amazing people I work with have all fallen head over heels in love with your dog. So when we discovered she has breast cancer, it broke our hearts even more.
Over the last 3 days, our staff has grown to love this beautiful and broken soul. 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.
We’re all amazed at how trusting of humans she is. Dogs however, completely terrify her. It doesn’t matter the size, she growls in fear and tucks her tail between her legs. But who can blame her? After what you did to her?
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 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. I’ll photograph her teeth, or rather, where her teeth used to be. 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.
If you could do that to a dog, you should not be allowed in everyday society. And teaching our children right from wrong is the only way to put a stop to this.
One day, you will be caught. 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 I 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.
Mama Jade’s story will not be silenced. She just happened to show up on the doorstep of one extremely persistent, intelligent, respected and now angry human being.”