Sarah Sleime, a volunteer of Greater Charlotte SPCA once visited Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control (CMACC) in North Carolina where she stumbled upon the saddest pitbull she’d seen in her life.
The pitbull, Cinnamon was traumatized and depressed by her past life and afraid of the world. When Sarah first saw Cinnamon she was obsessed and depressed. Apparently, her previous owner confined her and used her as a breeding machine. She obviously had many many litters. Cinnamon is just 7 years old but she looks extremely unhealthy.
Sarah knew she had to rescue Cinnamon. So, she took out her phone and posted a video of the sad dog on Facebook. On the first day, it received over 700,000 views! People from all over the world messaged her, asking if they could assist in any way. It was amazing to see how people reacted.
“Someone dumped this poor mama at the shelter, minus her babies,” Sleime wrote on Facebook. “Every time I stopped to talk to her and say I was sorry her eyes would fill with tears. Heartbreaking!!”
On the thousands of views, the Shelton family were the first Cinnamon met and immediately couldn’t stop wagging her tail.
“I have a special place in my heart for pit bulls,” Sleime Shelton told The Dodo. “I think they’re a very misunderstood dog and a misunderstood breed. And when I saw her in that video, literally crying in a cage, I cried. My kids cried. I showed my husband, and he said we could go look at her tomorrow.”
Now, Cinnamon is a member of Shelton’s family. They changed her name to Rose as the old name had too many bad memories. They wanted a new start for her in the family. She even got spayed. Now, she lives happily with her brothers and sisters. Shelton states Rosie has wormed her way into their hearts, and they can’t imagine life without her.