ASPCA Happy Tail: A New Life for a City Dog

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 2:15pm

Ninja has come a long way. This sweet dog was one of 50 rescued by ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement agents last summer from a dog fighting ring in the Bronx. Ninja suffered in terrible conditions in the dingy, dark basement of an apartment building, rarely seeing the light of day. When we rescued her, she was extremely underweight and suffered from infections to her skin and paw. We got to her just in time, transporting her to a temporary facility to begin her recovery. 

Now Ninja is healthy and thriving with her adoptive pet parent, Samara Lynn, in Midtown Manhattan.

“I wanted a dog for some time,” Samara says. “I went to the ASPCA a few times and finally when I saw Ninja and her size and temperament, I knew she was perfect. I waited about two weeks to think about it. I finally thought, someone must have adopted her already, but when I went back, she was still available. We picked each other.”

Staff at the Adoption Center warned Samara that Ninja might be a bit skittish with all the traffic and noise of New York City. But over time, she has adjusted.

“We live in Midtown Manhattan and she loves walking and jogging with either me or my boyfriend,” Samara says. “She also really enjoys meeting all the new people and dogs out for walks.”

She is also a fast learner. After just a month, Samara taught Ninja to walk on a leash, heel, sit, stay, give paw and other tricks.

“She is very smart, sensitive, and very aware and is the only dog I have ever had that pays acute attention when another dog is on television,” Samara says.

We’re thrilled that this special and talented dog has a second chance at life in such a loving home.

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Carla morejon

Todos Los animalitos merecen tener un hogar y ser queridos,tenemos que protegerlos,por favor.


Blessings to you, Samara, for giving this lovely furbaby a new "leash" on life [ooh, sorry, that was baaad!]. RESCUES RULE!


what type of dog


what type of dog

Brenda Garcia

I'm always ecstatic to hear that people are choosing to adopt instead of buying. There are already so many great pets out there that die in shelters b/c someone chose to buy instead. As long as people keep buying from puppy mills, puppy stores, and breeders they will continue to breed more and even more will continue to die. Why breed more when we have so many amazing animals like Ninja just waiting for homes?! I'm so happy that Ninja got a 2nd chance. The people from the dog fighting ring should be kept in a jail cell with no sunlight and get a taste of their own medicine. Thank you ASPCA for everything that you do! As always, I will continue to donate even for just 1 life saved.

Diane Hobson

It is such a pleasant blessing to see these dogs get new loving homes. I am a fond dog lover but I am not home enough to spend the real time I would need for a pet. But I will continue to love my dog pals and so glad to read happy endings for those dogs that deserved a second chance.

thank you all for saving all of those dogs! dog fighting is a horrible thing to do to any dog!! i pray that you can save more,i'm so happy to read about ninja's new life,thank you and her new mommy for giving her a chance at a new and happy,safe,loving life! bless you all and samara for all you have done for this sweet little dog.

kelley walla

Thank you ASPCA and Samara for giving this beautiful dog a second chance at life. I love happy endings.

kelley walla

Thank you ASPCA and Samara for giving this beautiful dog a second chance at life. I love happy endings.

Jaime Perez

I am so happy that Ninja has found her forever home. I'm glad she was rescued in time and taken from a hellish life. Dog fighters are a breed of their own-scum of the earth. Hope this person was punished to the extent of the law.