Dog Rescued from Backyard Breeder

April Livingston | November 17th, 2018

For a dog named Alsana, a life of giving birth to litter after litter of puppies was all she knew. She was owned by a “backyard breeder” in Massachusetts and lived there for several years until she was no longer able to give birth. That’s when she was dumped on the street and found by animal control. When she was taken in, she had infections all over her body, was terribly emaciated and worst of all she was absolutely terrified. So scared, in fact, that she refused to interact with people. Staff at the shelter feared it would be impossible to find a home for her. However that all changed when a woman named Kara Pittsley and her husband came into the picture.

Kara heard about Alsana’s situation and wanted to help the cane corso, but the shelter would only release her to a rescue who could help a dog like her. It wasn’t that Alsana was aggressive, it was that she was so still and quiet that they were concerned she might hurt someone without warning. But Kara refused to give up on her and decided to help save her. With the help of a trainer and president of a rescue they adopted from previously, they were able to pull her from the shelter. She ran frantically away from people and it became clear her level of fear toward humans was off the charts. It was going to take lots of time and work to help the dog.

Kara Pittsley//Facebook
Kara Pittsley//Facebook
Kara Pittsley//Facebook
Kara Pittsley//Facebook
Kara Pittsley//Facebook
Kara Pittsley//Facebook
Kara Pittsley//Facebook
Kara Pittsley//Facebook

Aside from her anxiety and fear, Alsana had serious health issues too: someone had cropped her ears and caused damage that led to ear infections. She had mammary tumors from giving birth so many times and worst of all, she did not trust humans. They began hand feeding her and working to help her understand they were there to help, not harm. It took time, but what ultimately helped was that the couple had two other dogs, who she instantly loved. These days, she has a great life and full trust in her humans and doggy siblings, too.

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