Erie realized, though, that Maxx could be a perfect fit for the Bettendorf family when he was ready for a home. "He's very nice, well mannered, loved to be around people," Erie said.
Sioux City, where the shelter is located, has a discriminatory city-wide pit bull ban. But the Bettendorfs live nearby in Minnesota, in a town with no pit bull ban - yet another reason they were a great match for Maxx.
Sadie, her dad and one of the Bettendorfs' other pitties, Sugar, drove the six hours from their home to Sioux City last week to meet Maxx - and it was love at first sight.
"Sadie fell in love instantly," Erie said. That same day the Bettendorfs made it final, and brought Maxx home with them for good.
"Maxx is now our newest 'tribe' member," Patrick Bettendorf told The Dodo. "And we are soooo happy to have him!"