Family Dumps Terrified Pit Bull Pup At Kill Shelter Because They were Having New Baby

In New York, back in 2018, a couple decided to dump their pit bull pup at a kill shelter after they learned they were expecting a baby. As you can imagine, the puppy was terrified and confused, but worst of all, he had no idea that his fate was nearly sealed. Thankfully, this sweet dog was given a second chance at life after Olena Kagui came across his story while scrolling through Facebook one afternoon. She saw a photo of the sad-looking pup that just broke her heart; she told The Dodo. She knew that she had to something soon before it was too late.

The shelter posted the photo in a last-ditch attempt to find the pup home before they had to put him down. The clock was ticking, and the shelter staff were beginning to lose hope; the posts were the dog’s last shot at life. One of the posts reads:

“***I’M A GOOD BOY, I WOULD HAVE LOVED THAT NEW BABY! – PLEASE HELP ME, I DONT WANT TO DIE … By all accounts he is a just about perfect – friendly and outgoing, loves to play with his ball toys along with squeaky toys, housetrained, he knows commands sit, stay and come in SPANISH, if he pulls on the leash he will slow down when told to, no guarding issues. So why is such a good boy going to be killed? The shelter says “He has been noted to become uncomfortable with handling at times, especially when a person is reaching over him.” He is NOT SICK! He is NOT AGGRESSIVE! Maybe a little scared for being betrayed by the only family he has even known. Disgraceful!!! NOT RESERVED – SMILEY WILL BE KILLED SHORTLY AT NYCACC IN BROOKLYN, NY***”

Source: Facebook (Julie Carner)

Another plea read:

***HE IS ABOUT TO BE RAILROADED TO DEATH – A FAMILY BOYS HEARTBREAKING FINAL HOURS … By all accounts he is a just about perfect – friendly and outgoing, loves to play with his ball toys along with squeaky toys, housetrained, he knows commands sit, stay and come in SPANISH, if he pulls on the leash he will slow down when told to, no guarding issues. So why is such a good boy going to be killed? The shelter says “He has been noted to become uncomfortable with handling at times, especially when a person is reaching over him.” He is NOT SICK! He is NOT AGGRESSIVE! Maybe a little scared for being betrayed by the only family he has even known. Disgraceful!!! NOT RESERVED – SMILEY WILL BE KILLED SHORTLY AT NYCACC IN BROOKLYN, NY***

INTAKE: Smiley was friendly and wagging tail. He did allow staff to collar and even scan for a microchip when sitting still for his Smiley intake photo!

BASIC INFO: Smiley is 6 years old and was surrendered due to having a new baby in the home. He has been to the vet last year and has no health issues or concerns.

ASSESSMENT: Smiley came into the assessment room quiet but wagging. He became uncomfortable with up close handling throughout the assessment.

DOG-DOG: When off leash at the Care Centers, Smiley enters the yard on his tip toes. Her is sexually motivated but does not mount. He spends the bulk of his session oscillating between flirting with the greeter and marking the area.

Olena recalls:

“I normally just scroll past as fast as I can. I love animals but I can’t adopt all of them. I have to emotionally protect myself, you know? But at the same time… That face. It spoke to me. I had to do something.” Olena rang the shelter and inquired about the dog, who the staff had named “Smiley.” His name was an apt description.

Upon meeting Smiley, Olena was amazed at how naturally happy and friendly this pup was; she could see that he had really earned his name as Smiley loved meeting new friends, who he was always greeted with a big goofy grin. Smiley was outgoing, gentle, and house-trained. But despite his good nature, it was easy to see his spirit was starting to break, as though he knew time was running out.

Source: Olena Kagui

Olena remembers show she cried hysterically just thinking about this sad pup. As for her husband, he was very supportive but still hesitant, telling his wife,  “We just can’t get a dog right now.” However, he also knew just how much saving this pup’s life meant to Olena, so he agreed to foster Smiley.

Source: Olena Kagui

Working with Pound Hounds Res-Q, the couple fostered the adorable pittie. And within a few days, he had been neutered, received all his shots, and welcomed into his new temporary home. While Smiley was pleased to be there, he was understandably a bit apprehensive. However, soon the gentle pooch was making eye contacted, watching TV on the couch with the family, and even snuggling.

Source: Facebook (Julie Carner)

Soon the couple realized that Smiley was a “foster failure.” In other words, the pup wasn’t a foster anymore; he was now a part of their family. Olena said:

“Smiley is part of the family. He’s in our hearts. Our home would be empty without him.”

Source: Facebook (Julie Carner)

You can watch an adorable video featuring Smiley playing with a ball below.