Dog saved just days from being put down after family dump him at shelter

Heartless owners have sparked outrage after they abandoned this adorable dog when they found out they were expecting a baby.

Smiley the pit bull was callously betrayed by his family when they dumped him at a shelter.

The cute four legged friend was then placed on a "kill list" by shelter workers in Brooklyn, New York, in the US, because he had become “uncomfortable with handling at times”.

The nervous pooch went from a loving family to being dumped and just days away from being put down.

But one animal lover turned to social media in a desperate bid to save the doomed pup.

Julie Carter, a doggy foster mum, posted on Facebook: “By all accounts he is a just about perfect – friendly and outgoing, loves to play with his ball toys along with squeaky toys, house-trained, he knows commands sit, stay and come in Spanish, if he pulls on the leash he will slow down when told to, no guarding issues.”

Luckily, the story does have a happy ending.

The post caught the attention of Olena Kagui, who was riding the subway in New York – and she started crying.

She told the DoDo: “I started bawling when I saw that no one in the comments said they could take him.

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“My husband noticed me crying, read the post and said, ‘We can’t get a dog right now.’”

But after a little convincing the sceptical husband came round and the pair reached out to a local rescue group who were already trying to save Smiley.

But the hound had been hurt before and needed a little time to get used to his new loving owners.

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Mrs Kagui said: “He drank some water and it was … clear that he was house-trained, [and] knew not to jump on the bed or to chew anything except for his toys. But he wouldn’t settle down or look at me all day.”

It did not take long for him to warm up and after a few days he started wanting to play.

His new owner said: “He was much calmer, pulled less and loved being surrounded by dogs and people.”

“Smiley already feels like part of our family.

“It doesn’t take long for a foster dog to make their way into your heart. Our home would already feel empty without him here.”

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