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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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Debbie Apuzzo

It always amazes me the cruelty of some humans,if you can call them that, perpetrate on innocent loving animals. It brings me joy to see that they are getting into loving homes where they can enjoy being a dog with all the benefits of a family!

Maria Z

Society should euthanize bad pet owners-PERIOD

ADELE

I am so happy that these dogs were rescued and will go to good families. Mona Lisa looks just like my dog I had Bosslina. We called her Boss for short. We miss her still very much after 6 years. She was 100 years old in dog years. She was a great dog.

Veronica McCarthy

I just don't get it. Let the punishment fit the crime. Put these people in a pit & let them go at each other until they are all gone. God don't like ugly. These people are the ugliest inside and out. Congratulations to Mona Lisa's new pet parents for your new family member.

JUDE

ONCE THOSE PRECIOUS ANIMALS ARE SAFE & HAPPY EQUAL FERVER SHOULD BE GIVEN TO THOSE MONSTERS THAT CREATED THIS INCREDIBLY CRUEL ACT! THEY NEED TO BE PUT ON A 'ABUSER' ISLAND NEVER TO SEE ANYTHING OR ANYONE BUT THEIR OWN KIND! AND THAT INCLUDES MICHAEL VICK!

Judy

What a sweet an wonderful pal to have. My blessings for Mona Lisa

GWEN

This is a wonderful story! My friend breeds Bullies a very kind gentle dog (they have 5 kids) that is a pit bull offshoot It goes to show that it is all how U raise them

Jimmie P

The slap on the wrist most of these evil men get is not enough to deter them. They need a sledge-hammer to the wrist ... and then to the head!

Kat K

God love her heart!! I'm so glad she's safe and okay, as well as the others that were saved. This is such horrible behavior for supposedly civilized human beings. It really takes a mean-spirited, hateful, evil person to mistreat these animals this way. I hope that Raul Sanchez is fined, incarcerated, made to attend therapy, and mandatory registration on an animal abuser list which will be posted on the internet. These people are dangerous and should be monitored closely.

Helana

Thank God that Mona Lisa is in a new environment! No animal should go through what she went through!

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