Sarah Sleime was visiting a shelter in North Carolina that is run by Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control. Sleime regularly volunteers with the Greater Charlotte SPCA.
On one visit, she came across a sweet, sad pit bull:
“I was waiting for them to health check a couple of the dogs we were considering pulling, and I was walking up and down the kennels, and I just saw this pit bull sitting there, and she was very human-like – slumped over and very solemn.”
Sleime felt the need to get closer, so she: “I bent over and started talking to her.”
The pit bull was seven years old, and a new mom, but her puppies weren’t with her at the moment. According to Sleime, the dog’s eyes watered and it looked like they filled with tears.
Experts aren’t sure whether dogs cry emotional tears like humans, Sleime could tell without a doubt that this pit bull was upset. She was recently surrendered and extremely overweight.
“I believe she was confined and used as a breeding machine. She’s obviously had many, many litters.”
Sleime grabbed her phone and made a video that she posted on Facebook. It is only 37 seconds long but shows the sadness of the dog, who was called ‘Cinnamon’ at the time. You can see the tears forming in her eyes.
Sleime also included a heartfelt caption, that included:
“Someone dumped this poor mama at the shelter, minus her babies. Every time I stopped to talk to her and say I was sorry her eyes would fill with tears.”
“Little did I know, it would be viewed like 700,000 times on the first day.”
Meghan Shelton, a friend of Sleime, ended up adopting the pooch. Shelton said: “I have a special place in my heart for pit bulls. I think they’re a very misunderstood dog and misunderstood breed. And when I saw her in that video, literally crying in a cage, I cried. My kids cried. I showed my husband, and he said we would go look at her tomorrow.”
The next day, Shelton and her family weren’t the only ones lined up to meet Cinnamon, but they were first.
“She was super sweet. They had brought her into a room to meet with us, and we just let her relax. My kids were on the floor with her, and she sat on their laps and knocked them over with kisses.”
The Sheltons filled out all the paperwork, renaming the pit bull Rosie. After the pooch was spayed, she went home the following day. She has a new brother, as well, a three-year-old pit bull male named Blu.
Shelton initially planned to keep the two separate to see how they would react to each other, but Rosie whined until she could socialize.
She explained: “We just had them walk outside and meet. […] They just kind of sat next to each other with tails wagging.”
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