A neglected dog, who was rescued from the basement of a home in Syracuse, New York, has died. The authorities seized the pit bull, named “Jada,” in January 2016 after a good Samaritan reported seeing an emaciated dog locked in a dirty cage. When Jada was first removed from her home, she was starved and filthy – her pitiful condition required that she be admitted to the Veterinary Medical Center of CNY for urgent care.
After a week of intensive care, Jada was strong enough to join Humane CNY, a non-profit animal shelter serving Upstate New York. Concern over suspicious “lumps and bumps” on her body led to further veterinary diagnostics which revealed widespread cancer.
Upon receiving the sad diagnosis, Humane CNY opted to create a bucket list for Jada – their goal, to keep Jada as “comfortable and happy as possible for as long as possible.”
Jada was showered with love and attention and treated to a wide-variety of activities and treats, including her own birthday party, a steak just for her, meeting with the fire department, appearing on television…and more.
For quite some time, Jada flourished with the love and attention, but ultimately, the sinister cancer within her body took its deadly toll. On Wednesday, the shelter let Facebook fans know that the beloved dog was gone. The post reads in part,
“It is with a very heavy heart, staff of HumaneCNY announces the passing of Jada….Surrounded by both current and past staff who fulfilled her final bucket list item by giving her a loving forever family Jada passed away peacefully this afternoon.”
Jada’s story helped shine a light on animal cruelty and she became the symbol of a survivor. The shelter staff who loved and cared for her made one final request on Jada’s behalf:
We ask that in Jada’s memory donations be made to your local animal shelter or other animal care/rights organization of your choice.
Website for Humane CNY here.
(Photos via Humane CNY Facebook page)