UPDATE: Notification was received at 7:00 p.m. today that Jolsen is SAFE! (The original story/article is provided below this update.) Jolsen is currently with Sandy at a cage-free boarding facility and received a bath. Steve Spiro, head of S.T.A.R.T., said Jolsen “was SO, SO, SO happy to get out of the shelter and we let him run in my yard and I took him for a long walk and then my wife and I took him to see Mr. Leonard.” A video is attached of Jolsen visiting with his guardian angel, Mr. Leonard. Notice how gently Jolsen takes the toy from Mr. Leonard’s hand.
For those of you who pledged towards Jolsen and to repay Mr. Leonard, please remit your donation via PayPal to email@example.com. Steve would like to thank everyone for their assistance and concern “for both our 2 legged pensioners and 4 legged pooches!”
ORIGINAL ARTICLE, published yesterday, is below:
Los Angeles, California– A pit bull, Jolsen (AKA Charlie), had a guardian angel the day he was thrown off the back of a truck. That guardian angel was Mr. Leonard, an elderly man who witnessed the horrifying event. Maybe someone else would have simply gasped, shook their heads in disbelief, and walked away. Not on this day. Not Mr. Leonard.
Mr. Leonard didn’t think twice about helping Jolsen. He approached the injured pit bull, and upon inspection, discovered the unthinkable. Jolsen’s throat had been slit and was suffering from other injuries. Mr. Leonard immediately took Jolsen to a vet where he was able to recover from his injuries.
Even though Mr. Leonard is on a fixed income – relying solely on his monthly social security checks to survive – he had no qualms about having to shell out $650 to pay for Jolsen’s vet care – an entire month’s social security stipend.
After Jolsen recovered from his injuries, Mr. Leonard took him to the North Central Shelter in Los Angeles, California, with the misconception that the pittie would be safe. It is a “shelter,” after all.
Mr. Leonard would later recount the events to his friend, Charlotte, a 100-year-old, wheelchair-bound woman, who would later become Jolsen’s other guardian angel. She knew that a shelter is not really a “shelter,” and that Jolsen was at risk of being euthanized. So, in tears, she called Steve Spiro – head of the Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team, or S.T.A.R.T. She asked Spiro to save Jolsen, saying, “[Pit bulls] are such an amazing breed and get such a bad rap. People treat animals so horribly and I cannot leave this world knowing this dog could not be helped.”
Spiro told Charlotte that he would do all he can to save Jolsen’s life. In doing so, he hopes to show these two elderly angels “that they are not alone and we are here to help.” Compassion is compassion. Although S.T.A.R.T. is dedicated to saving the lives of animals, its compassion extends to humans.
Spiro’s plan is two-fold. First and foremost, he would like to raise funds to find a reputable rescue to take Jolsen. Secondly, he wants to repay Mr. Leonard for his unselfish act of saving and paying for Jolsen’s vet care.
Let us turn this very ugly event into something beautiful. This is an opportunity to follow Mr. Leonard’s act of selflessness by coming together to save Jolsen’s life and repay an elderly person living on very limited income.
If you can further this specific endeavor please make your pledge to Steve Spiro at firstname.lastname@example.org. Only pledges, please. They need not be sent in until Jolsen is SAFE!