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A Death Sentence Commuted to Life – The Story of Caim | Around The Town

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by Brad Raynes

“Approximately four years ago in early February, some kind people found this emaciated pit bull by the river and brought her to Villalobos Rescue Center. She was strong enough to get to the Cypress Lake Animal Hospital where she got a blood transfusion. Dugout, another one of the rescue dogs, generously gave some of his “vampire” blood to Caim (ky-em) and put her on her first step to recovery.

This tiny little angel was brought to us by some good Samaritans that found her lying along the Mississippi River, barely holding onto life. She was so emaciated that I was able to carry her with one arm, meaning she only weighed around 20 lbs. A dog for her size should be around 40 lbs. She went thru extensive medical treatment including several blood transfusions and she has completely recovered and now weighs 55 pounds.

Her name pronounced “Ky-em” is Scottish/Gaelic for “sanctuary, and to remind one of being safe and loved even in the darkest of times”.

She loves dogs, super outgoing, great in the house and is just a silly girl.” The words of Tia Torres, the Founder and administrator of the Villalobos Rescue Center in New Orleans, La. giving just a snapshot of the events of Caim’s story.

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At her center, outside of New Orleans, La., Torres rescues, rehabilitates and retrains more than 400 pit bulls, so they can be placed in good homes. And she pairs those misunderstood animals with a half-dozen ex-convicts on parole to provide both man and man’s best friend a chance at redemption. Teaming up with the Animal Planet Channel, Torres brings to life (literally) the plight and the redemption of the misunderstood dogs we know as Pitbulls.

In Pit Bulls and Parolees, Torres is dead set on fighting the perception that pit bulls are the pariahs of the dog world and giving the ones in her care the love they deserve.

Attesting to the love and gentleness of this particular breed is Louisiana residents Tommy and Dayna O’Con. After watching some of the episodes of Pit Bulls and Parolees and hearing the stories of some of the dogs, they decided to check out the adoption process. “We did not have a dog at the time but our hearts just went out to them” Dayna said, “and since Tommy is on the road away from home often, we thought that one would be good for me to have some company and also for my protection”

So they decided to contact Tia and her staff to determine if they met the requirements to adopt one of the dogs. Dayna got a response almost immediately and were sent the adoption application and other pertinent information regarding the process. According to Dayna, the requirements are very strict, due in part to the lifetime commitment to the health and well being of the animal. The design and purpose of the adoption as well as the Television show is to provide the dogs with a “Forever Home”. Because of the misconception about Pitbull dogs and the possibility of someone using the dog for illegal/inhumane purposes, Torres and the Animal Planet Channel go to great lengths in the adoption approval process.

Tommy and Dayna were approved and brought to New Orleans to be interviewed, and to meet four of the candidates for adoption. “At first we weren’t really taken with Caim, but after hearing her story and seeing how sweet she was, we decided to adopt her”.

Tommy and Dayna have 2 children and 3 grandchildren and Caim has just joined right in with them as one dog loving happy family! Tommy also told me that “Caim is an inside dog, very well behaved, good with other dogs and especially good with children. She is a perfect match with our family. She loves to ride and loves to visit”.

I can attest to the sweetness of Caim for she has visited with me at the Robeline City Hall on several occasions and the first thing she does upon entering the door is to woof a greeting to us with a tail wagging so hard it is shaking her body! Then she makes the rounds to each of us there to be petted.

Caim is also a star! She will be appearing on Pitbulls and Parolees along with Tommy and Dayna on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23 @ 8:00PM ON THE ANIMAL PLANET CHANNEL! In addition, she will be making a local appearance in the Many Christmas Parade on December 21st.

If you are interested in adopting a dog, have a chat with Tommy or Dayna O’Con, I’m sure they can point you in the right direction.

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