This adorable pitbull pup has finally found its forever home after being abandoned by THREE families – because it only has half a NOSE.
Kia was born with a cleft lip, meaning she is missing part of her face and the teeth on the left side of her face grew upwards rather than straight.
The condition means she slobbers water over the floor and “snores like a freight train” thanks to her flapping lip, according to owner Lindsey Christiansen.
Lindsey, 32, and her family rescued grey-haired Kia, who is thought to be six or seven, from the Cache Humane Society, a shelter in Utah, US.
She says the pooch had been given up by previous owners and fears it was due to her deformity, which she was born with.
Even now she says strangers assume Kia is vicious because her cleft lip leaves her looking like she’s baring her teeth.
But Lindsey, of Logan, says she’s the gentlest pooch you could dream of and wants to send out the message that she’s just like any other dog.
The mum-of-two, who also has two stepchildren by husband Keenan, a store manager, said: “Kia’s cleft lip is something she was born with.
“She still has both nostrils but she is missing the lip and part of her nose. Her teeth are growing up into her nostril.
“People say she is ugly and ask, ‘Who would get a dog like that?’
“But when we heard she had been passed from family to family and had been returned, we had to have her.
“We think she is amazing. She has such a huge smile and she doesn’t realize she is any different.”
Lindsey, who works in warranties, added that though the deformity doesn’t affect how Kia eats or breathes, it does cause one problem – her incredibly loud SNORING.
“It is unbelievable,” said Lindsey.
“The day we got her she came and laid down when I was in bed and right away she was snoring like crazy.
“My husband snores but Kia sounds like a freight train. Her lip blows back and forth when she takes a breath so you get flapping sounds as well.”
“The way she looks has also scared a lot of people because she looks like she is showing her teeth and people are scared of pitbulls anyway,” she added.
“I tell them that she couldn’t cover her teeth if she wanted to.
“When they get to know her they love her.
“She is just like any other dog – except she has a cleft lip.”