At first glance, Khalessi the pitbull, resembles something out of prehistoric time. Due to circumstances beyond the dog’s control, she has what looks to be fangs protruding from her face that are always visible. This feature seems out of place in front of the playful, loving tone she gives out when she is around people. Stephanie Paquin, Khalessi’s caretaker, doesn’t mind people asking just what happened to this lovable pitbull, according to an interview she did with Huffington Post.
“I would rather people ask what happened and give me the chance to explain.”
Unfortunately, Khalessi’s deformity is not from birth. It is rather from the cruelty of a person. Khalessi has no nose. She has no sinus cavity. Her ribs stick out showing that her previous owner almost starved her to death. The pitbull’s back legs do not function properly.
Khalessi ended up in an Orlando animal shelter after she showed up on someone’s front lawn. Paquin runs the southwest Florida based non-profit organization Passions 4 Pits. She immediately adopted Khalessi when asked by the shelter.
“She needed help. Khalessi is sweet, loving and amazing. She loves people, all people. She just wants attention and love.”
Khalessi still has a long way to go. She needs reconstructive surgery to try to fix the abuse that she has endured from birth. Paquin wants to let everyone know that the stigma that has surrounded pitbulls is unfair.
“A person did this to her and she does not let it affect her outlook on people. This experience has changed her appearance but not her heart.”
Khalessi is just the latest in a group of pitbull stories that stretch as far back as the dogs who were saved from Michael Vick’s compound back in 2007. Barkpost chronicled some of the dogs that were rescued then. They gave an update on 11 of the pitbulls that were rehabilitated from a life of fighting. One of those dogs, Squeaker, has many wondering how this dog could have ever been a fighter.
Khalessi is featured on the Passion 4 Pits website. She can also be seen on Passion 4 Pits Facebook page. The goal is to raise enough money to provide Khalessi the surgeries she needs to possibly be able to function with as limited amount of assistance as possible. She will then be put up for adoption.
Khalessi is just another story of a pitbull that has overcome despite the abuse placed on them by people proving again that it is not necessarily the breed of dog that causes the problem but the breed of human.
[Photo by Passion 4 Pits Facebook]