Social media reacts to passing of 'Khalessi,' abused pit bull-mix

Posted at 3:27 PM, Jun 23, 2016

Khalessi, the abused pit bull-mix who became a symbol of strength and hope in the face of animal cruelty, has sadly passed away from her fight with a terminal kidney condition. 

So many people in the Tampa Bay community and around the world have followed this sweet pup's story after she was found severely abused in August of 2015. 

On August 8, 2015, Khalessi was rescued by Passions 4 Pits from Orange County Animal Services after she was found with no upper jaw and her nasal cavity had healed over from past trauma. She weighed only twenty pounds when she was found. Her new foster family immediately got her the treatment she needed and she became a face for pets around the world fighting against animal cruelty. 

On her fan page, her owners posted the following video to remember her sweet smiles and her playfulness. The hashtag #KhalessiStrong has been circulating on social media ever since she was found. Now, that hashtag is being used to remember this sweet pup. 

In November of 2015, ABC Action News' Ashley Glass shared the emotional story of domestic violence victim Melissa Dohme and her connection with Khalessi. They shared a photo shoot together to send a powerful message about overcoming evil.  


In January of 2016, Khalessi won Under Dog of the Year at the World Dog Awards. 

Be sure to 'LIKE' Khalessi's Facebook page to find out how you can help pets like Khalessi in the Tampa Bay area.