Choking Moment Dog Cried For Days Waiting To Be Loved In Shelter


The pit bull was crying. At least that’s what it looked like to Sarah Sleime, a volunteer for the Greater Charlotte SPCA.

Sleime was visiting a shelter run by Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control (CMACC) in North Carolina when she came across the crying dog.

“I was waiting for them [the shelter workers] to health check a couple of the dogs we were considering pulling, and I was walking up and down the kennels, and I just saw this pit bull sitting there, and she was very humanlike — slumped over and very solemn,” Sleime told The Dodo. “So I bent over and started talking to her.”

Sleime could see that the 7-year-old pit bull had very recently had a litter of puppies, although the puppies weren’t with her now. And when Sleime spoke to her, the dog’s eyes watered with what looked like tears.

“It was the craziest phenomenon,” Sleime said.

While it’s not entirely understood if dogs cry the same way as people, Sleime could see that the pit bull, who’d recently been surrendered, was clearly upset. She was also very obese.

“[The shelter workers] believe she was confined and used as a breeding machine,” Sleime said. “She’s obviously had many, many litters.”

Unfortunately, the Greater Charlotte SPCA wasn’t in a position to pull any big dogs because of a lack of foster homes, but Sleime knew she had to do something to help the pit bull, who was being called Cinnamon at the time. So she got her phone out and shot a video.

“I posted her video on Facebook, and little did I know, it would be viewed like 700,000 times on the first day,” Sleime said.

Messages from people all around the world flooded Sleime’s inbox — countless people wanted to adopt Cinnamon, or help to find her puppies. But it was Sleime’s friend, Meghan Shelton, who would eventually adopt her.

“I have a special place in my heart for pit bulls,” 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.”


The next morning, several families lined up at the shelter to meet Cinnamon, but Shelton and her family members were the first in line. And when they met Cinnamon, they fell in love.

“She was super sweet,” Shelton said. “They had brought her into a room to meet with us, and we just let her relax. My kids were on the floor with her, and she sat on their laps and knocked them over with kisses.”

Shelton and her family knew that she was the one, so they filled out the paperwork to adopt Cinnamon, whom they renamed Rosie. After that, Rosie was spayed, and she went to her new forever home the next day.

The Shelton family already had another pit bull — a 3-year-old male named Blu — and they weren’t initially certain how Rosie and Blu would react to each other.

“I had no intention of introducing them for the first couple of days,” Shelton said. “I just wanted her to get used to the home and get used to going for walks outside. So we actually brought her into our bedroom with her crate filled with blankets.”

But Rosie had other plans — she whined at the bedroom door.

“I realized that our male dog was on the other side of the door, and he was doing the same thing,” Shelton said. “So I had the kids put her on a leash, and I got Blu on a leash and we just had them walk outside and meet. It was interesting because you never know how it’s going to go, but they just kind of sat next to each other with tails wagging.”

Now Rosie and Blu are acting like they’ve known each other for years, according to Shelton. “I’m working at my desk right now and she’s asleep at my feet, and … [Blu] is on his spot right on the other side of my desk,” she said.