An Accidental Encounter

October 24, 2011  

How a tragic hit and run gives one pit bull a second chance in life

By Arika Brown

I was coming home on the morning of April 27 after my morning workout when I saw emergency lights and slowed down. As I started to pass the vehicle, I looked down and saw two badly injured pit bulls lying in the roadway. I pulled over and got out of my car to ask the bystanders what was had happened. While crying a man told me that a Chevy Silverado had intentionally ran the pit bulls over.

I will never be able to get the accident out of my head! The little boy pit bull had blood coming out of every opening in his body. He had a compound fracture of his right hip, and he lay there crying. The little girl had cuts and had released her bowls. Her breathing was very shallow and labored. There were three people standing around the little boy, and no one was with the little girl. I quickly got a blanket out of my car, covered her up and sat in the roadway with her. It was a cold April morning, and all I could think was to keep her warm and to let her know I was there. I stayed with her for 45 minutes waiting for animal control to arrive, kissing her, petting her and telling her it was going to be OK. What I really wanted was for her to know it was OK if she just let go.

When animal control finally showed up, this man opened his truck with cages. He was cold and really didn’t care these babies had been hurt in the least. He bent over and grabbed her by her hind legs and said “Is this one alive?” We asked him what was going to happen to them, and he replied, “They will both be put down when I get back to the shelter.” When he went to throw her in the truck, I said, “You aren’t taking her, this is my dog!”

Another man at the scene and I carried her over to the bystander’s truck. He said he was going to take her to the vet and would call me as soon as he got her there. By that time the animal control officer had tossed the little boy into the truck and was leaving with him.

The little boy’s injuries were so bad! He was in so much pain, and all I wanted was for him to be out of his misery. He basically saved the little girl’s life by taking a majority of the hit.

I felt very blessed to be able to go home to my other dogs after all that. I went in the back yard and loved on all of them until I had to go to work. I sobbed over how horrible people can be and how expendable many people see animals.

When I went to work later in the day, I called the police to make sure the accident had been reported, and I waited to hear about the female pit bull.

The Day That Wouldn’t End

That night when I got home, my Addison (a Chow Chow/Labrador rescue) did not meet me at the door as usual. I found her in the living room barely breathing.

My partner and I rushed her to the vet, and she died in my arms on the way. I could not believe that I had seen two animals intentionally hurt, and my little girl had died all in the same day. I went home and just wanted the day to end.

The next morning, I started calling all the vets in Wichita, trying to find the hurt pit bull (who I would later name Mancha). I already felt so close to her and had to know if she was OK.

I posted on Facebook what had happened to these dogs and that I could not find the female.

Then after numerous phone calls, a friend texted me and said, “I think the female is at a vet hospital in Valley Center, and she is alive!”

Second Chances

I called and asked the vet if I could see her. The vet said she was lucky to have survived through the night because she was in shock by the time she was delivered to her office.

Fortunately she came out of her accident with an injured shoulder, some scratches and a split pad on her hind foot.

I sat outside with Mancha all afternoon, holding her, petting her and feeding her. I loved her already!

We brought her home five days after the accident.

I have to admit I was nervous bringing a pit bull into my home with other dogs. The first day she was at home, she tried to attack my Chihuahua who got too close to her bed, and she did not like any other dogs near me. She also showed food aggression. I kept second guessing my decision. However, she was still injured, in a new place and was unsure if she was going to have her next meal. But within a couple of days, she stopped inhaling her food and going after the other dogs. I think she knew she was finally home and loved.

After the initial hurdle, we learned Mancha is the biggest snuggle bug and has the kindest spirit. If I am on the couch or in bed, she has to be right by me. She is in love with my Chihuahua, and my Border collie is like a mom to her. After all of the horror stories I’ve seen on TV, I would have never imagined how emotional this breed could be; she’s so sensitive. She does not like to be in trouble. She loves to run in the backyard, play with toys and swim in her baby pool. She has also given us the opportunity to redecorate the window treatments because she ate all of the blinds.

I have no fear when she’s around other dogs, people or children. Mancha is so wonderful, that I have thought about training her be a therapy dog.

I have such a great relationship with this little girl. She is spoiled rotten, and the looks she gives me just make me melt. I am very blessed to have her in my life. She is the kindest, most loving dog I have ever had and because of her, I want to do everything in my power to educate people about this wonderful breed.

Because of all of the reasons I mentioned, I’m a pit bull convert – I think they’re the best dogs in the world.

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Comments

32 Responses to “An Accidental Encounter”
  1. People can be so cruel because of lack of knowledge. What would possess a person to run down and potentially kill helpless animals. This bothers me and especially knowing that male pittie most likely was put down. Glad you stopped and saved Mancha. Pit bulls amaze me daily with their forgiveness, love, wonderful smiles and cuddle buggness (not a word but it fit) lol Good story

  2. tubsintexas says:

    Amen! I have two and they are amazing also. Sad story to hear, but the happy ending makes it all worth it! Gotta love a Pittie!

    • StubbyDog says:

      @tubsintexas yes, the story starts out sad, but Mancha’s life with Arika is just the kind of happy ending we all want.

  3. AlyssaEdwards says:

    It amazes me how people who hate the breed (for whatever reason) can be so crewl to dogs they don’t even know, yet the DOGS are the “monsters”. Sickening. But glad the little girl is ok!

  4. addieville says:

    Here’s a song about a rescue dog, dedicated to a much-loved pit bull. http://youtu.be/RYzi1YROse0

  5. arika.brown says:

    I love my little girl:) Thank you for sharing her story. She is a fantastic baby and she is my world!

  6. DianeHaskins says:

    Wow, what a moving story Arika. I had tears falling and almost had to stop reading. The animal control person that threw the boy into the car, just makes me SICK. I don’t know why they have people in those positions that have no feelings for anothers life. Your baby is bless to have you in her life as you are to have her in yours. I’ll be sharing this @arika.brown

  7. DanThompson says:

    Damn it…I’m crying…..♥

    • StubbyDog says:

      @DanThompson It’s hard not to reading this story, first tears of sadness then happy tears. Just look how squishy happy Mancha is in that last photo. 🙂

  8. AmandaFitzgerald says:

    What happened to the other dog? SO sad! thanks for opening your house and your heart!

  9. AmandaFitzgerald says:

    THank you for loving MAcha and giving pitts a chance. Did you ever find out what happened to the boy dog?

  10. NuriaRodriguez says:

    What a beautiful story. This article didn’t say, but I have a feeling the boy dog didn’t make it, bless his beautiful innocent soul. I can only hope the bastard who ran them over was either caught, or never knows a moment of peace for his entire life. Thank you for giving this girl a loving home.

    • arika.brown says:

      @NuriaRodriguez He was sited for leaving the scene of an accident! The DA said that it would be impossible to prove that it was intentional even with 4 eyewitnesses. We have got to find a way to change these laws that don’t protect our babies or discriminate against the breed! Yes he did pass away:(

      • AmandaFitzgerald says:

        @arika.brown@NuriaRodriguez THAT IS SO UPSETTING!

      • NuriaRodriguez says:

        @arika.brown I totally agree with you about these laws. In the eyes of the law animals are just seen as less than property most of the time. They don’t realize anyone who would do anything to harm a defenseless animal is just sick! It’s sad he died, but at least he is no longer suffering. But you were able to help one of them, and that’s more than many would have done.

  11. LaurieFeichterFrodsham says:

    I can’t imagine the heart of a person that could intentionally run down an animal. My God… the pain and suffering that was caused by this careless act. To me, this story shows us many things… certainly how cruelty and heartless some people can be, but also how wonderful and compassionate, as well. It also demonstrates what so many of us already know… that the Pit Bull is SO unfairly portrayed. I am so glad that this wonderful woman put aside her fears, trusted her heart and gave love a chance. I speak from experience…once you open yourself up to a Pittie, you will understand. The love is immeasurable.

  12. LaurieFeichterFrodsham says:

    I can’t imagine the heart of a person that could intentionally run down an animal. My God… the pain and suffering that was caused by this careless act. To me, this story shows us many things… certainly how cruel and heartless some people can be, but also how wonderful and compassionate, as well. It also demonstrates what so many of us already know… that the Pit Bull is SO unfairly portrayed. I am so glad that this wonderful woman put aside her fears, trusted her heart and gave love a chance. I speak from experience…once you open yourself up to a Pittie, you will understand. The love is immeasurable.

  13. BibiLemtorp says:

    What a beautiful ending. Thank you for sharing. I’m happy to hear there are people like you that go after what they believe is right.

  14. ColleenDahlReberBaird says:

    I loved the story and it made me cry. Thank you for being so kind and caring. I have two half Pits and a Labrador. I couldn’t imagine life without them.

    To the person who intentionally ran over the dogs, karma will come back to them…

  15. BJE41 says:

    What a great story. All it takes to realize the myth is all wrong is to meet a Pit Bull. Thank you for taking her in and giving her the life she deserves. Her guardian angel sure was working for ther that day.

  16. Adrienne Clegg says:

    Dog bless you!!

    They steal their way into our hearts and we are forever changed.

  17. suesmith says:

    What an amazing, heartwarming story. How wonderful that, despite the most horrendous circumstances, you and Mancha found each other. You are truly an inspiration.

  18. AmandaMartin says:

    I love it every time someone is converted pits .staffies etc are a most brilliant caring breed . People can be very ignorant …i have it all the time and my two babies are so soft . But People believe the press and ignorance . way to go you and your little furbabies xxxx

  19. PeggyJennings says:

    I love hearing about people who actually do something to assist instead of just driving by. It isn’t always convenient to try to help, but you did, and you will be blessed for that somehow. Thank you for being one of the few!

  20. BJE41 says:

    Thank you for your kind heart. May there be a thousand more just like you. Welcome to the world of “Pit Bull Pride”.