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Foster Mom Refuses To Put Her Tiny Pit Bull To Sleep After It Was Born A Little Bit Different
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Foster Mom Refuses To Put Her Tiny Pit Bull To Sleep After It Was Born A Little Bit Different

When a nurse practitioner in Westchester County, New York, welcomed a tiny newborn pit bull just barely clinging to life into her home, she knew there was an uphill struggle ahead of her. Marie DeMarco loved little Sasha all the same, though, and that love is what’s pulling both of them through.

Born in early September with an obvious cleft lip and palette, Sasha was unable to nurse, and was already at risk of death on her very first day of life. Animal rescuer Courtney Bellew was called, and after recognizing Sasha’s need for urgent care, she brought the poor thing to DeMarco, who had extensive experience nursing ill kittens. It was then discovered that Sasha also suffered from hydrocephalus (fluid buildup in the skull), an upper respiratory infection, a urinary tract infection, and orthopedic issues.

“She has an amazing will and determination,” DeMarco told The Dodo. “Through all this, she really shouldn’t be here.”

Despite Sasha’s harrowing first 3 and a half months, she’s getting stronger every day, and even gets to wear adorable dresses and sweaters to stay warm. Scroll down to learn more about Sasha’s story, and keep track of her progress on the official Facebook pages for FURRR 911 (Marie DeMarco’s rescue agency) and SNARR Animal Rescue Northeast.

Meet Sasha, a 3-month-old pit bull who is defying all odds in her struggle to stay alive

Image credits: furrr911

Little Sasha’s life got off to a rough start, as she was born with cleft lip and palette, making her unable to nurse

Image credits: S.N.A.R.R Animal Rescue Northeast

Animal rescuer Courtney Bellew saw her need for urgent care, and placed her with nurse Marie DeMarco

Image credits: S.N.A.R.R Animal Rescue Northeast

The bad news? Sasha also had fluid in her brain, as well as respiratory, urinary and orthopedic issues

Image credits: Penny The Peanut Pibble

The good news? DeMarco, who was experienced in caring for ill kittens, was prepared to help

Image credits: Penny The Peanut Pibble

3 and a half months into her life, Sasha is getting stronger by day, and has even gained weight

Image credits: furrr911

She even gets to wear fabulous dresses and sweaters to keep her warm!

Image credits: furrr911

“She has an amazing will and determination,” DeMarco said. “Through all this, she really shouldn’t be here”

Image credits: furrr911

Perhaps the most important element in Sasha’s recovery has been the unconditional love surrounding her

Image credits: furrr911

“When I hold her and I’m kissing her, if I hold her near my face, she licks my nose”

Image credits: furrr911

Though Sasha has a long road ahead of her, she has all the support she needs to live as happily as other dogs

Image credits: furrr911

“She was dealt some bad cards in life… Boy, is she loved”

Image credits: furrr911

Some people left less-than-sensitive comments…

But DeMarco was quick to defend the bond between her and Sasha

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Laury M.
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4 years ago

In case you've noticed that she kinda looks like a chihuahua, it's the hydrocephalus (fluid buildup in the skull). That's really not uncommon in chihuahuas, and it does cause pain and loss of brain function, progressing through life. That's what inbreeding did.

Valerie Gregg
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4 years ago

Yes, this is a Chihuahua, it is not a pitbull. That being said she is adorable and deserves every chance at life. People are mean and obviously those who have anything bad to say have never loved a dog.

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Liz Perry
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4 years ago

I mean, I’m not really convinced that the kinder thing Would have been to put this (adorable) puppy to sleep. It really feels like to me that this poor guy is being kept alive for the sake of internet fame

Master Markus
Community Member
4 years ago

That's what I've been saying! I see some stories of a similar kind when someone adopts an animal that is considered ugly, but is otherwise healthy, and that's totally fine, GOOD even, but when it comes to one who has the high potential of being in pain throughout it's life, it seems cruel to keep it alive if it's suffering.

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Katinka Min
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4 years ago

I'm afraid I'm in camp less-than-sensitiv. The poor dog. I really, really hope that when my dog, who I love more than life, is old and sick I'll be able to let her go before she suffers that much.

Bobbi Newell
Community Member
4 years ago

It's a hard thing to make that decision, but sometimes it's the kindest one. I have had to do it with my aged pets. It doesn't make you less sensitive, it means you're sensitive to your pet's overall quality of life.

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Laury M.
Community Member
4 years ago

In case you've noticed that she kinda looks like a chihuahua, it's the hydrocephalus (fluid buildup in the skull). That's really not uncommon in chihuahuas, and it does cause pain and loss of brain function, progressing through life. That's what inbreeding did.

Valerie Gregg
Community Member
4 years ago

Yes, this is a Chihuahua, it is not a pitbull. That being said she is adorable and deserves every chance at life. People are mean and obviously those who have anything bad to say have never loved a dog.

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Liz Perry
Community Member
4 years ago

I mean, I’m not really convinced that the kinder thing Would have been to put this (adorable) puppy to sleep. It really feels like to me that this poor guy is being kept alive for the sake of internet fame

Master Markus
Community Member
4 years ago

That's what I've been saying! I see some stories of a similar kind when someone adopts an animal that is considered ugly, but is otherwise healthy, and that's totally fine, GOOD even, but when it comes to one who has the high potential of being in pain throughout it's life, it seems cruel to keep it alive if it's suffering.

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Katinka Min
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm afraid I'm in camp less-than-sensitiv. The poor dog. I really, really hope that when my dog, who I love more than life, is old and sick I'll be able to let her go before she suffers that much.

Bobbi Newell
Community Member
4 years ago

It's a hard thing to make that decision, but sometimes it's the kindest one. I have had to do it with my aged pets. It doesn't make you less sensitive, it means you're sensitive to your pet's overall quality of life.

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