Through a plush toy, a dying bulldog clings to his abandoned family.

Through a plush toy, a dying bulldog clings to his abandoned family.


The fact that an innocent pitbull faces certain death in a shelter where she should be provided with safety, love and protection; It’s something that infuriates us and we will never be able to understand.

Poor pets often end up in sad shelters for the most inhumane and silly reasons. Sometimes, because they get older (just like humans), or because they can’t be controlled, they have behavioral problems or the family moves out.

According to Jackie O’Sullivan,  co – founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC , a shelter dedicated to rescuing strays, abandoned people, and /or mistreated animals.  .

When abandoned by his family at the shelter, the pitbull was extremely grieving.

“We read notes left by her owner, who said she had five children and two other dogs, and that she could not take care of them all because she had too many children. many pets. It was sad and devastating,” Jackie said.

He misses his family with all his heart, but he is still very sociable.

Layla really adored the family’s children, ages 2 and 7, according to the shelter’s Facebook post. And when the family abandoned her, the dog didn’t know what to do.

“It was not going well for him. Many dogs get stressed at a shelter, because they lost everything they knew. This dog was very close to the children in the house, so we were not surprised that she felt uncomfortable in the shelter , ”says Jackie.

“The only thing that seemed to give him peace of mind was his stuffed toy.”

“He carried his stuffed animal down the street or in the garden, he never left it,”  says one of the rescuers, Julie Carner, on Facebook. “Today, that stuffed animal is all she has.”

Layla wasn’t about to step away from her favorite toy for even a second.

But, that stuffed toy couldn’t help much more for Layla, who was in a PPP ( Potentially Dangerous Dog ) shelter, and if she wasn’t adopted soon, she was going to be euthanized.

“ He was on the list several times, so the shelter was not going to give him any more time,” says Jackie.

Luckily, the volunteers at Rescue Dogs Rock NYC got her out of that devastating high-kill place, and she is now in a foster home.

“He relaxed quickly. He spent hours playing in the garden. She was doing very well, and she is without a doubt a great dog, we hope that she will be adopted in a short time, ” says Jackie.

In the transitional home, the dog recovered its cheerful character.

She played again and felt safe.

“There are so many wonderful dogs that are abandoned at shelters every day. It’s so painful. But we are happy that she has her opportunity, because from everything we have seen, she is a great dog , ”Jackie as‌sured.

It’s amazing to think that this dog was on death row multiple times without anyone taking a risk for her, thinking she was dangerous. That is the sad fate for many pitbulls because of the bad reputation that their breed has so stigmatized.

Layla hopes for a family that loves her, with children she can play with and take care of, as most dogs seek and want. What happiness that she has an opportunity to show her affection!

Now she is waiting for a family to adopt her, to take care of her and love her.

From the shelter, they want to speak up on behalf of Layla and all dogs of her breed who, like her, are denied any chance at life for the simple fact of being a pit bull. Enough injustice!

Let’s help more dogs like Layla have the opportunity to live with her loving family.  

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