Gotti came to us on August 24th 2016 to be euthanized by his owner of 10 years because he was overwhelmed with moving and had new baby in the household. Dr. Olsen convinced the owner to surrender him into our care to find him a forever home, as he had a lot of life to live. At the time, he was only 40lbs, had a poor skin coat, a mass on his leg, and was very anxious of people and his surroundings. We planned on having him stay with us until he was healthier so that he was fit to go to another family. We removed the mass on his leg and determined overall he was healthy; he just needed to put some weight on.
Almost immediately, everyone at the hospital started to connect with him in their own extraordinary ways. We began to notice that his social skills with other dogs were very unreliable, making it difficult to re-home him. Everyone put forth the effort to see what triggered him with other dogs, but it was difficult to determine this on our own. There was one person in the hospital that went above and beyond for Gotti, Emily, who had a connection with him from the very beginning. She contacted multiple organizations that deal with pit bull rescues to help us find him a home, but we never really found a solution for him. It was decided that Gotti needed some training, so Emily set up an appointment for him to see a behaviorist so we could learn more about this dog who brought so much light to Newport Hills Animal Hospital. A lot of our clients at the clinic wanted to help and donated money to go towards the appointment for Gotti. Emily worked very hard with him to be comfortable around other dogs. He improved extremely fast and it was amazing to see his progress. It was extremely hard to say goodbye, but we finally found him a loving home in January. He was with them for two happy weeks before the neighborhood dog was taunting him from the other side of the fence and decided to rough him around a little bit. The neighbors unfortunately would not let them keep him any longer and he found his way back to our hospital. It was extremely bitter sweet to see him back again. Gotti let us know in his own way that for now he was happy at the hospital, with all of our love we have for him and show him everyday. He loves to sit with us during our lunches and watch us eat (and partake in eating our food!). Gotti has a heart of gold and there is not a day that goes by that we are not thankful we have him.