Stray pit bull mix protects injured Chihuahua, carries it to safety

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SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Animal control officers in Georgia are hoping to find one home for two special friends.

The dogs, nicknamed Joanie and Chachi, were found on the streets a few weeks ago. The white pit bull mix was protecting the Chihuahua mix because of his eye injury. It was carrying the Chihuahua in her mouth, occasionally putting him down to lick the wound.

After doctors worked on the Chihuahua, the dogs had an emotional reunion.

Christina Sutherin, a Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Animal Control officer, says it will be best if the two are adopted together.

"Because of the bond the two of them have that is obvious, they both just light up whenever they are around each other, we would really like to have them placed in a home together to be able to continue that bond," she said. "Sometimes separating them they do go through an emotional stage where they do feel separation."

People from Florida, Rhode Island and California have expressed interest in adopting the animals after their story went viral.



  • Travis havicc

    Pit bulls get a bad rap. They’re victims of so many unsavory characters. Anything will become mean after being treated poorly for so long. fact the most common dogs in shelters are pit bulls and chihuahuas and they also happen to be the most commonly owned dogs by Hispanics. Most common dog owned by blacks are pit bulls. Does not take rocket science to see the issue now does it? Plenty of old red neck white men in the south use pit bulls to fight. But in every single inner city in the united states its a common trend.

    • Mary

      Sorry Travis, but the breed of pit bulls and their “kin” (often referred to as “pit bull type dogs”) were created by the ENGLISH – and bred for fighting in pits (hence the name). While I am sure that some – maybe even most – of these dogs are family friendly, they have a greater tendency than other dogs to revert to their fighting roots. A 9-year (1979–88) review of fatal dog attacks in the United States determined that, of the 101 attacks in which breed was recorded, pit bulls were implicated in 42 of those attacks (42%). A 1991 study found that 94% of attacks on children by pit bulls were unprovoked, compared to 43% for other breeds. A 5-year (1989–94) review of fatal dog attacks in the U.S. determined that pit bulls and pit bull mixed breeds were implicated in 24 (29%) of the 84 deaths in which breed was recorded. I know you’d like to blame the race/heritage (Hispanic is NOT a race) of the owners, but it’s not nearly that simple!

      • Nick

        Yes it is that simple Mary. It’s just unfortunate that ignorant ill-informed people like you exist in this world. It’s common sense that if a majority of a breed are owned by horrible people then a majority of attacks will come from that breed. It’s not rocket science. Pit Bulls were bred to be aggressive towards other animals, not toward their human owners. It’s the inner city trash bags that have bought them up by the thousands and trained them to be aggressive towards humans as “guard dogs.” If we could just put down all of these pitt owners, the rate of pitt related deaths would plummet. Concurrently, the rate of human deaths would also plummet as these same owners are the people causing the highest rate of murder and violent crime. Using your logic and figures, we can accurately determine that black people are a “violent race” since they commit a significantly disproportionate number of crimes compared to other races right? Do you see how that logic falls through so quickly?

  • hope

    Nick, Mary is will informed and quiet accurate in her reporting. Mary said nothing about the dogs being bred to attack humans, but they are bred to attack small animals; dogs, cats, children.

  • fenton

    I love all animals. Some I trust more than others. Would I leave a small child alone with a pit bull?
    I was mauled by a pit bull when I was ten years old. I was at my friends house and his family dog, who had no history of unprovoked attacks,[ who they said to the police was the most friendly and lovable pet,] came after me for no reason as my friend tried to stand between me and the dog. My being terrified is what was made the animal more aggressive.
    Im sixty two years old now and own a shnoodle. I take him to the dog park as much as I can.
    I see all breeds there and I love every single one of them. But I keep a weary eye on the pit bulls.

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