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Cathy the Pit Bull was rescued by Alex De Campi three years ago, and now De Campi wants to show Cathy’s former owners just how much the dog is loving life. So she turned to Craigslist to share the story.
Rescued at 12 years old in Manhattan, Cathy was an emaciated 51 pounds, suffered from multiple infections, and carried burn marks and signs of being overbred. Rebound Hounds helped Cathy find her forever home in New Hampshire, with De Campi, her three other dogs, and her daughter.
“She’s very friendly and sweet,” De Campi says. “She’s gotten on really good with the dogs, she’s grown up with my daughter.”
Now at 15 years old, Cathy is healthy and happy, loving swims and naps in the sun.
On Feb 9th 2011, you were evicted from an apartment at 20 Catherine St and your old red pit bull was seized by animal control and taken to the kill shelter. She was really skinny and had bad skin infections, and had been bred A LOT. She’d even had a Caesarian, judging by the scar. They said at the kill shelter she was 12 years old. She also had a lopsided face and it looked like there were a few cigarette burns on her head/ears.
I figure you were having a pretty bad time of it, since you were being evicted. I hope things have gotten better for you in the intervening years. Although it’s unlikely you’ll ever see this note, I just wanted you to know that I have your dog and she is doing great.
The note ends with: “P.S. you can’t have her back.”
Despite the tone of the end of the Craigslist post, De Campi says she doesn’t bear ill will toward Cathy’s former owners. “New York is a hard place when you’re down on your luck,” De Campi says. “I just wanted them to know that their dog was okay and is having a great life. And I hope that person is back on their feet, too.”
Cathy is scheduled for surgery this week to remove mammary tumors, thanks to generous donations from dog lovers through Rebound Hound’s Facebook page.
We hope Cathy’s procedure goes well and she is back to lying in the sun in no time!