Una's 6 years old, and she's spent 1150 days, or about half her life, in shelters. "That alone breaks my heart," Mark Lukas, a volunteer at the Chicago-based organization Alive Rescue, told The Dodo. "And the longer this goes on, we eclipse that halfway point."
Back in December 2012, Una's previous owners surrendered her to the Chicago Animal Care and Control Center. Prejudices against pit bulls often make it hard for shelters to find a home for them, so shortly after her arrival, Una was scheduled to be euthanized.
Luckily, a group of volunteers from Alive Rescue picked up the young dog.
She showed several signs of abuse: Her ears had been cut, most likely by her previous owner with some household item such as kitchen shears. Medical examiners found she had some brain damage from previous blows to the head. She was also overly possessive of things like food, water and toys due to her abuse, according to Lukas.