Missouri woman losing battle with breast cancer leaves dog at shelter with tear-jerking letter before suicide

46-year-old Crystal Chrisp felt she had no choice but to leave her dog at a local animal shelter after she decided to kill herself


                            Missouri woman losing battle with breast cancer leaves dog at shelter with tear-jerking letter before suicide

A heart-wrenching letter sent to a St. Louis animal rescue shelter by a woman who claimed she had to give up her beloved dog for adoption because she was losing her battle with breast cancer has gone viral across social media. The Stray Rescue of St. Louis posted the letter, sent to them by 46-year-old Crystal Chrisp on Monday, on their Facebook page, and it went on to be shared almost 2,000 times.

The tear-jerking letter read, "I [am] writing you cause I need you to take my dog, Shell. My mother adopted Shell from Stray Rescue around 2009-2010... In 2012, she had a massive stroke [and] now has Alzheimer's. So in 2012 Shell came to live with me. I've been fighting cancer for a few months and If you're reading this I lost my battle. I need for my baby girl to be taking [sic] care of in a home with one person."

"She is a very sweet girl. She's been [through] a lot so she has trouble with trust in the beginning," it continued. "She loves to cuddle but don't like to be carried. She's very smart...In these days all I do is worry about what's going to happen to her. I love this girl, she is my daughter."

According to the Daily Mail, police were called to a burning apartment in the 8900 block of Kidder Avenue in the St. Louis suburb of Affton on Tuesday, October 2, and found the body of Shell's owner at the residence. The authorities revealed she had shot herself and ruled her death as suicide, though it is still unclear what exactly caused the fire that is said to have broken out at around 1 p.m. that afternoon. 

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the neighboring apartments in the area had to be evacuated by the firefighters because of the raging fire. No one else was injured in the blaze. Shell, of course, had already been dropped off at the shelter.

Chrisp had reportedly been a metro driver for 18 years before her recent death. A spokeswoman released a statement about the 46-year-old's tragic death, writing, "Crystal’s friends and co-workers at Metro Transit and Bi-State Development are saddened to learn about her death and we extend our deepest condolences to her family at this difficult time. Counseling services are being offered to our employees as they grieve the loss of their friend and co-worker."

As for Shell, hundreds offered to adopt the pup after the shelter posted the letter penned by Chrisp.  The shelter has confirmed that a new home has been found for the pointy-eared dog, though it did not go into detail about who took up the option to give her a new home.