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Bronx Dog Fighting Victim Recovers, Finds New Home

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 1:00pm
Bronx Dog Fighting Victim

On the heels of last week’s guilty plea by Raul Sanchez for his involvement in a Bronx-based dog fighting operation, we are thrilled to report that many of the dogs are thriving in their new lives as beloved pets.

In November, we told you a very happy story about Ninja, one of the dogs we rescued and rehabilitated, who found a wonderful forever home. Now we have another heartwarming success story to share: Mona Lisa, who was one of 50 dogs we rescued in June from that dark, dingy Bronx basement, recently went home to a loving family.

Mona now lives with two loving pet parents in a spacious house overlooking 50 mountainside acres, where she takes frequent hikes with her new dog sister, Zelda. Her other favorite activities include snuggling with Zelda by the fireplace and lounging on the couch with her new pet parents.

Mona Lisa’s journey to adoption wasn’t easy. After her rescue, she was transferred to one of our partner shelters, The Animal Support Project, Inc. (TASP) in Cropseyville, New York.

“When Mona arrived at the shelter, she cried and whined like a hyena and was extremely anxious, usually sitting pitifully at the kennel door,” says Melinda Plasse of TASP. But after plenty of attention, care and time to recover, Mona made great progress. “She is outgoing,” Melinda reports, “loves belly rubs, and is kind as can be to children and other animals.”

When we picture Mona Lisa romping around in the woods with her new family, we can’t help but smile. We’re working to make sure that animals nationwide won’t continue to suffer due to the cruel practice of animal fighting. Last week, legislators reintroduced the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, which would make attending an organized animal fight a federal offense and would impose additional penalties for bringing a minor to an animal fight.

Please join us in our efforts by asking your own House representative to support this important humane legislation.

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dodie akers

This is truly an amazing story and I wish all gods preciouse animals can all have happy endings . This is why I am a monthly donation giver for life to the ASPCA To be able to know that a lil of your $ a month can payback so much for such trusting and innocent animals to full fill our lives with so much love to forward back to us THANKS ASPCA for all you do LIVE ON!!!!!!

Jim Gibson

PLEASE, ASPCA! SHOW ME WHAT I CAN DO TO HELP STOP THIS HORRIBLE PRACTICE OF DOG FIGHTING! I WANT TO HELP SO BADLY, BUT DON'T KNOW WHAT I CAN DO.

Julie Wright

What a great story and I NEVER get tired of reading these stories. These poor dogs are subjected to such horrible things and I can never understand how/why people think this is acceptable behavior or they say "it's just a dog!" I will never - ever understand that statement! My husband and I are big fans for Pitbulls and Parolees it is an swesome show! What she does for these dogs is wonderful, her daughters, twin sons and all her workers. Watch this show and you will learn so much and it will make you cry. We need to be human to our animal pals. Cruelty is not the answer to anything in this world!

Annette

I adopted a pitbull puppy he was thrown in a box upnorth in the winter time along the side of a road, by the grace of God some college students were walking by and heard noise coming from the box, they took those puppies home they were only 4 weeks old. The students took care of them for 2 weeks then sat outside of Wal-mart and I just happened to go by took one look at a very shy brindled bundle and said I will take him. Copper was the most loving, caring and gentle creature you would ever want to know and I was lucky to have him with me for 12 years I just lost him in March 2012. I wanted to adoptive another Pitbull butthe apartment that I live in doesn't permit Pitbull or Pitbull mix. Thank you to all that know how wonderful this breed is and for opening your homes. God Bless.

Michelle Angelini

I am smiling because of the ASPCA's rescue of Mona Lisa and the other 49 dogs living in filth, abuse, and darkness. It makes me feel so good that these dogs were rescued and adopted to loving forever homes. Bless the people who adopted her and may Mona Lisa and Zelda have a long, happy life together.

Tabitha Roblyer

Thank the Lord for the ASPCA!

Pat

So happy to read the happy beginning for Mona & the other dogs you rescued. People who fignt animals should be hung. There is no place in decent society for humans who do wrong to innocent animals. Doggie love & happiness to Mona forever. Thank you to ASPCA for rescuing these dogs and all that you do for the animals. Thank you to the loving family/s that adopted Mona (and the other rescued dogs).

Sydney

it sickens me to see stories like this...how could any person do this to a sweet, loving dog? since i am only in middle school, i don't have enough money to donate to the ASPCA...but when i get older and get i job, it will definetely be something on my shopping list...LOL.

Nonie

Why would someone hurt our beloved animals? They are the most wonderful and precious gift from God. My boyfriend and I have adopted and rescued 2 dogs. One was neglected and the other was neglected and abused. It makes me very angry because would someone abuse them. All we have to do is to pray that no one would hurt them. I pray for every animal to have a happy, food and water in their stomachs, a bed, a roof over them, not feel lonely and to have love Let's get our animals a good home!

CAROL KLASING

I CANNOT IMAGINE ANYONE WANTING TO HARM AN ANIMAL I'M SO GLAD THERE ARE PEOPLE LIKE THE RESCUE PERSONNEL TO STOP THE TORTURE.

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