Pet Tales

Pit bull Sassy had a rough life. Now she needs a home and belly rubs

This week, San Luis Obispo County Animal Services’ shelter volunteer Ellen Perryess shares the story of Sassy:

Sassy is a 7-year-old pit bull who’s seen the other side of the tracks. Her ears are cropped, and she’s had more litters of puppies than she cares to remember.

Her owners never had her spayed and left her behind when they moved, so now she’s homeless and living at the Animal Services’ shelter.

If a person were similarly abandoned, they might become bitter — but not Sassy. When someone comes to visit, Sassy beams (as only a pit bull can), rolls onto her back and squirms with glee while waiting for a belly rub.

She has dog friends, but wants to be an only pet — ensuring she gets all the attention and won’t be tempted by feline family members.

Though her life was likely one of neglect, the adopters of her puppies probably were unaware of her plight. When adopting puppies, first ask to meet the parents of the litter and to see where the mom and puppies are living. The area should be well-maintained, clean and spacious, and the pups and the parents should be friendly and healthy. Puppies should come with medical records, including proof of their DHPP vaccination.

As for Sassy, she’s ready for love and a life of leisure.

For more information about Sassy (ID No. 217760), call the volunteer line at the Animal Services’ shelter at 805-781-4413 or visit The shelter is at 885 Oklahoma Ave., off Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo. Visit the website to see more shelter animals available for adoption.

The adoption fee is $81 for cats and $105 for dogs, plus a $27 county license fee for dogs if the adopters are San Luis Obispo County residents. The adoption fee includes a spay or neuter operation, basic vaccinations, a microchip, eligibility for a free veterinary check within San Luis Obispo County and a new collar. Cat adopters also receive a carrier and are tested for FeLV and FIV.

If you have stories of your pet, or photos of your furry, feathered or scaly friend, send them to, or Pet Tales, c/o The Tribune, P.O. Box 112, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406.

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