The next day, Crismier went to the city shelter to see the dog, whose name was Jojo. Jojo initially growled and snapped at Crismier, but Crismier was patient - she sat in Jojo's kennel and spoke to her in a soft voice. After about an hour, Jojo had lost some of her fear and Crismier was able pet her.
Crismier could see that Jojo was just misunderstood, but the shelter staff didn't see things the same way. "I go to adopt her, and [the shelter staff] say I can't adopt her because she bit the vet," Crismier said. "And I say, 'well, she's 2 pounds, and she has like six teeth. I want to adopt her.' And they're like, 'no you can't adopt her. She's rescue only.' Meaning that only a rescue group can get her out."