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Unforgettable: Pablo the Pit Bull

Pablo the pit bull came into my life while I was working as a veterinary assistant. His owners had left him chained up in their yard with another pit bull, and the other dog’s chain had wrapped around Pablo’s leg and gotten embedded into his flesh. We had to use bolt cutters to get it off.

  • Jon Kownacki Photography

Despite being in horrendous pain, Pablo sat peacefully in our laps while we tried to save his leg, giving us kisses. When it became clear the leg had to be amputated and that it was going to cost a lot of money, his owners basically abandoned him at the vet clinic.

It was an expensive surgery (close to $2,000), and to raise funds I created a website, uploaded photos I had taken of Pabs, and wrote up his story. I reposted it on Facebook, emailed everyone I knew, and had funds pouring in from as far away as Washington state (I’m in Georgia). Pablo has friends and fans all over! More than 60 people contributed—most of whom I had never met.

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