vincent j musi

Brooklyn, 2017

In case you missed Brooklyn’s appearance on @natgeo a few days ago. She’s a survivor, a rescued “bait dog.” A 13 year-old Pit Bull mix breed that was used in dog fighting. Her teeth were ground down with a file so she couldn’t fight back.
This very much loved dog now lives a happy life on the beach in South Carolina.
Some folks commented on the @natgeo feed that I was making this story up. Which is pretty incredible to me and Brooklyn.

Charleston, South Carolina

Brooklyn, 2017

In case you missed Brooklyn’s appearance on @natgeo a few days ago. She’s a survivor, a rescued “bait dog.” A 13 year-old Pit Bull mix breed that was used in dog fighting. Her teeth were ground down with a file so she couldn’t fight back. 
This very much loved dog now lives a happy life on the beach in South Carolina. 
Some folks commented on the @natgeo feed that I was making this story up. Which is pretty incredible to me and Brooklyn.

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@frances.18

Pitt Bulls are very smart and loving by nature but need to be raised as such

@johnny_laderer

@sophiegamand that is not true. Not all bait dogs have their ears cropped. Your idea of these consistent and professional fighting rings is a fallacy.

@babslovesdogs

Poor little baby. 😢

@jonarunsthecity

I believe every single piece of that story :( great capture!

@manarthestar

@sophiegamand this is a terrible way to represent pitbulls, saying she might have gotten injured from fighting by choice! How could you call yourself an advocate when you reject a story about an animal abused in favour of one who chose to be agressive? I find this tasteless. This photo raises awareness about the terrible ways people treat dogs, and the way you're misrepresenting pit bulls is frankly the reason people don't adopt them. Pitbulls are not inherently violent, and will not just "fight" other dogs. If she has scars, chances are she was abused somehow. Please stop pretending to be an advocate while talking this way about pitbulls.

@iljakuhn

@sophiegamand stop trying to push your point across and just let the damn post be positive. Have you spoken to the owner of the dog photographed? Nope. Have you seen the dog in real life? Nope. So how do you know there are no police reports about the dogs past or that there are no scars anywhere else on the dogs body? You don't. So just be grateful that it's another happy dog! Jeez lady. 🙏🏼🙏🏼

@arq.ivanmatoshued

I congratulate you for these amazing and detailed photos of dogs! God, looking at them is impossible not to think that dogs have their own personality, feelings, intelligency and soul if I may say!!!

@sadiemack

@sophiegamand pretty much only one reason a dog’s teeth are filed down - so it can’t protect itself in baiting.

@alisonwiltbank

I can see the pain in this dog’s face. Thanks for capturing it.

@clairemarcy

Ma beccati sto fotografo @cristina_bestiacami

@sophiegamand

@ashtonkay1111 just check the work I do. I work with shelter dogs every day. I have for the past 7 years or so. I have been working with shelter pit bulls and their care takers for 4 years. I think I’m a little equipped to talk about these things. I don’t believe in lying or making up stuff to raise awareness, personally. I believe in educating with truths and backed-up facts.

@ashtonkay1111

@sophiegamand I know this is an older post but I'm kind of confused by your commentary. Are you advocating for dogs? Because it seems a bit skewed advocating. I currently have two twin, tuxedo cats that were in a very abusive home when they were kittens. Do they show physical scars from it? No thank god. But I'm sure there is still trauma there. Since when do animals need physical proof that they were abused to show that it's true? I don't believe it's tarnishing the pit bull name to say bait dog. Just like how beagles are used for animal testing or greyhounds for racing. Is every beagle in a lab? No. But it's shedding light to the world who might be ignorant. Making the world aware and teaching is the first step to change.

@slcm21

@rattle79 follow this guy, you’ll love it

@mike.1.11

She is so sweet

@hiphopism

@michaeldaly_ instant follow.

@michaeldaly_

@hiphopism lots of good boyes on this account

@vickilea.lawrence

She is wonderful

@hallerjl

@ja.morrow all the dogs you can handle.

@_velvett_sky_

I believe your stories. Thank you for doing something about it.

@je55722

They thought u were making up the story? Unfortunately this story is one of millions just like it. I work with a pitbull rescue. I’m glad that this one was fortunate to find a happy home ❤️

@annieferg14

What a sweet sweet girl. Love stories like this 💕

@lovemy3rescues

@sarahmarie_18 *check out this amazing photographer

@3doglong

I am so glad she has been rescued and is living life the way she should. ❤️

@tracy_walker2003

She’s beautiful & so R Ur pics!♥️😍🐶

@kristy143

@sophiegamand the thing is is in the south, which you know, police don’t care to write a report. We can agree to disagree. I’ve done a ton of Rescue and volunteering in NYC and Miami and know a bait dog when i see one and i have seen a few unfortunately. I will read the article and book but working first hand at shelters, especially MDAS not you or anyone else can tell me when someone gets a free dog off of craigslist they are going to spend the time or money to crop their ears. Check our Fate on @c.legit5 She was a bait dog. I get what you are saying that the term is over used but i also have seen what i have seen first hand. I love your work and what you are doing to help the breed. It’s obvious we both love Pittie’s. I’ll be interested in reading these 2 things. I always have an open mind.

@rewucki14

Beautiful dog.
Love your work.

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