This is just too precious. This former fighting dog cannot stop kissing his human!
Meet Louie. This 2-year-old Pit Bull grew up in the fighting ring but he’s one proof that dogs just to love and be loved.
“Everyone thinks these fighting dogs are these 100-pound monsters,”Jason Flatt, founder of Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue, told The Dodo. “They’re usually between 35 and 50 pounds and they’re kept really thin and muscular.”
Along with other 11 fighting dogs, Louie was rescued during a raid in April in Macon, Georgia. The poor dog was eating broken bottles.
Flatt, who is based in Dallas, was visiting Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare Department to pick up an emaciated 5-month-old puppy named Lulu when he heard about Louie’s story. He then asked the shelter if they could get one of the dogs from the former fighting ring — particularly the who needed the most help. The shelter then introduced Louie. That day, the Pit Bull ended up going home with Flatt too.
Sadly, Louie’s knees have been damaged forever. The poor dog had been living his life dragging a heavy chain attached to his neck. His elbow was also broken due to a bite. Poor Louie had the worst condition but his heart proved to be the brightest of the bright.
“Fighting dogs are not bred to be human aggressive,” Flatt says. “People mistake that all the time. They’re amazing for their resiliency. As much as they may sometimes hurt another animal, they want to please a human twice as much.”
While Louie is a sweetheart, his knees are weak and he will need two separate surgeries to have them fixed.
Louie’s former owner, a man named Martin Luther King, was charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty as well as dogfighting.
“To have a name like that — a guy who was all for equality and rights and was such a peaceful person who did things the right way,” Flatt says.
Flatt is now planning to buy a 14-acre tract of land behind his 16 acre-property in Dallas.
“I’m trying to build the country’s first hardcore pit bull shelter,” he says.
The dedicated dog rescuer plans to have a 20,000-square-foot building that will feature an indoor and outdoor play areas for the dogs, a swimming pool, and veterinary and grooming stations. A part of that property will be dedicated as a sanctuary for former fighting dogs.
“Dogs can stay there as long as they need to,” Flatt explains. “If they can’t be adopted out, they’ll stay there for life. And if they can get adopted out, as soon as one leaves, we’ll get another one. That’s my plan, man.”
The world needs more people like you, Mr. Flatt. Thank you.