Pit Bull On Death Row Shakes As He Sees Dreaded Red Leash Coming, Then Realizes He’s Finally Free

Benny, Carson Animal Care Center

Dog lovers know that a dog wants nothing more than to be free to give unconditional love to their family. So when we see dogs existing in shelters, living on death row, it is completely heartbreaking. The story often ends when the animal sees a person approaching with a red leash. As dog lovers also know, their beloved pets know a great deal without needing to use words. You can see it in their eyes.

This story is about Benny, an 8-month-old pit bull from Gardena, California, who saw the red leash coming. He knew what that meant. You can see it in his eyes, but the ending to this story will leave you with happy tears.

Benny ended up at the Carson Animal Care Center, a high intake and high-kill Animal Shelter located in Los Angeles. He lived there for weeks, and the staff watched as his behavior started to change. The once energetic puppy hid all day in the back of his kennel, losing his energy and the will to live.

Due to the stigma associated with the pit bull breed, the odds were stacked against Benny. Even though he is clearly a loving, sweet dog, he was more likely to be passed over by people who assumed he would be aggressive. The pit bull watched as other dogs around him came and went, but nobody adopted him.

An organization the helps the shelter dogs find homes shared a video of Benny on social media, hoping somebody would save the day. To be saved, someone would need to visit him soon for a temperament test in person. Passing the test would allow a family to adopt Benny.

He is just 8 months and this sweet baby needs help now. Please SHARE for his life, he needs a TEMPERAMENT TEST requested IN PERSON by an Interested Party before the Shelter will allow him to be saved. Without this Test being ordered he can be PTS at any time. A FOSTER or Adopter would save his life. Thanks!#A4899631 I'm an approximately 8 month old male pit bull. I am not yet neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since November 23, 2015. I will be available on November 29, 2015. You can visit me at my temporary home at C317.http://www.petharbor.com/pet.asp?uaid=LACO1.A4899631Carson Shelter, Gardena, California216 Victoria Street, Gardena, California310.523.9566, M-TH 12pm – 7pm, F-SU – 10am – 5pmPHOTO THREAD: https://www.facebook.com/savingcarsonshelterdogs/photos/a.172032662969376.1073741830.171850219654287/511316932374279/?type=3&theater

Posted by Saving Carson Shelter Dogs on Monday, November 23, 2015


The shelter does all they can to find homes for the many animals that come to them, but Benny was running out of time. Then, right before Christmas, on December 10, Benny saw the red leash coming toward him. The other dogs nearby barked in excitement and Benny went to hide, cowering nervously, his ears drooping.

Then he heard some new voices. A man and a woman called his name and beckoned him to come out, but still, he was unsure. Then the door opened, and Benny knew he couldn’t escape. He lowered himself to the ground and crawled before their feet, his tail wagging nervously. The shelter worker succeeded in getting the red leash on his neck, and suddenly he was outside his cage.

Benny jumped excitedly, trying to make a mad dash to the door. Then he made it outside and realized he was finally free. It’s a joy to witness his “freedom walk” full of wiggles, tail wagging, jumps, and bounds.

See Benny’s wonderful freedom walk below:

This special little guy captured the hearts of everyone who stopped by his kennel. He hit the jackpot when this beautiful family chose to take him home. Thanks for all you SHARING, checkout his FREEDOM WALK filled with lots of jumps and tail wagging! Happy life sweet BENNY <3PHOTO THREAD: https://www.facebook.com/savingcarsonshelterdogs/photos/a.172032662969376.1073741830.171850219654287/511316932374279/?type=3&theaterJukin Media Verified (Original)* For licensing / permission to use: Contact – licensing(at)jukinmediadotcom

Posted by Saving Carson Shelter Dogs on Thursday, December 10, 2015


Benny was one of the lucky ones, but other dogs are constantly looking for loving homes. We hope that by sharing this video, it may inspire someone to consider taking home their own fur baby and providing them with a forever home.


A5219677 ✰ PETEY -10/07/18- 😍🔷SAVE a LIFE!! ❤️ Please FOSTER or ADOPT! 🔷😍🚨 Shelter is Filling up! 🚨Here's another look at sweet PETEY (Benjamin). His personality is amazing and he knows commands. He needs help now, he is incredibly special! Please SHARE for his life, he's SUCH a good boy and a FOSTER or ADOPTER would save him. Thanks! #A5219677 My name is PETEY and I'm an approximately 3 year old male Pit Bull. I am not yet neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 9/17. I will be available on 9/21. You can visit me at my temporary home at C308. 🔹Pit Bull 🔹 AGE:3 years🔹 Male 🔹 ARRIVED:9/17🔹 AVAILABLE ON: 9/21🔹 Carson Shelter – 310-523-9566🔹 M-TH 12pm-7pm, F-SU- 10am-5pm🔹216 W Victoria St. Gardena, CA 90248PHOTO: 1https://www.facebook.com/savingcarsonshelterdogs/photos/a.172032662969376/1073530966152870/?type=3&amp;theaterVIDEO: 1https://www.facebook.com/savingcarsonshelterdogs/videos/545560142566968/💚💚INTERESTED IN FOSTERING? If you're in LA, OC, San Bernadino or Riverside County and would like to apply to foster a Carson pup, please visit CarsonFosters.com to complete the online foster application. Thanks! 💚💚

Posted by Saving Carson Shelter Dogs on Monday, October 8, 2018

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