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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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Cynthia Schossberger

Years ago I adopted two sister KITTENS who had been rescued from a police raid on a dog-fighting ring in NY. They, and other kittens and puppies had been used as BAIT for training the dogs to fight. Many people don't know how the dogs are "trained": they are starved, and then are forced to fight over these bait animals to survive. After these horrific experiences their aggression is turned on other dogs in the "fights." My Cleo and Tasha were the loves of my life: Cleo never weighed more than 5 pounds, but she loved to walk on a leash and catch snowflakes on her tongue when she rode around in her special fanny pack (she was that little). Both of them had such personalities! They *ruled* my 120 lb. Alaskan Malamute. They lived long and very loving lives, and I only pray that they came to forget their violent beginnings. Adopt rescue animals -- they love you like there's no tomorrow, and they fill your hearts and homes with character and joy!!

Tucker

I AM SOOOO HAAAAPPPY YOU ALL ARE ALL SAFE AND THAT A LOT OF YOU ARE ADOPTED NOW AND THE OTHERS SOOOOON!!

IT IS HAPPPY DANCE TOME FOR ALL THESE DOGS!!

YOUR ALL IN MY HEART AND PRAYERS!!

Lisa Shaw

I'm so sorry Mona Lisa that you had to go thru that, it should be stopped and no animal be treated that away. People are cruel for allowing that.

Heidi

She is a beautiful dog and I am extremely happy she now has wonderful pet owners and a nice home, anyone who mistreats animals in any way should be tortured and killed forget prison time, prison is costing taxpayers like me too much money, just kill all these ignorant animal abusers, along with murderers except self defense, also rapists,child molestors,drug dealers terrorists and the damn illegals who keep crossing the border. We could clear out the prisons easily.

Carol hoehn

Thank God for people who are trying to stop the abuse to loving,caring animals who want nothing more than to lv and be loved,Bless all who are trying to get our legisttlators to take note of our outrage at this I humane treatment of innocent animals for their own sick needs.They need SERIOUS help!!!

Bonnie

I am truly saddened when I hear of people abusing these loving creatures. I had 3 pits growing up and they were each loving, compassionate and extremely protective! Stronger laws should be put in place and this should take a priority in our society! In order to call ourselves human (goal of humanitarian) we need to be the voice of both animals and less fortunate people. Please do not turn your back. Thank you to all who support ASPCA and its work for animal rights!

Charmed

All these precious animals need us to speak for them. Dog fighting is cruel. I have 2 min. doxies. They are not rescues but they are my life and I would do anything for them. The youngest is handicapped. She was born deaf and with 1 eye. I live right down the street from animal control and I can tell you that our animal control picks on people who take care of their animals when they should be going after people who are abusing and neglecting animals. My parents live right next door to me and they adopted a terrier from them and you can tell that she has been abused. Animal control came to my moms door because they said they had a call that her dog did not have shots, tags and not spayed. Hello, we got the dog from you, don't you think all that would be done before you all would let us have her. All they cared about was if my mom had the city tag because that money goes to the city. How awful is that? They should be out protecting animals not worrying about city tags for your animal! God bless all that help and care for animals!!!

Jennifer

I couldn't believe it when a "friend" of mine casually told me her boyfriend, Shorty, was taking her to a dog fight. For some reason, in spite of my love of dogs, she didn't see anything wrong with it or why telling me would horrify me. To top it off, the house I rented from them caught fire, while I was asleep and they tried to extort money from me. They sent a sheriff's officer to my work suggesting I was stealing her identity. I told him how they wanted $15,000 from me, that they thought I started the fire on purpose (which killed 2 of my dogs) and I just wanted them to leave me alone. I don't know why, but I asked about her boyfriend. The officer didn't know anything about him. I gave him Shorty's real name (I don't remember it now, but it was a doozy) and I saw the screen when the officer brought up his name. Having been a police/fire dispatcher before I knew how to read it. This guy had almost $10,000 in drug warrants on him and she wasn't far behind, but I don't remember what for. After looking at that the officer told me not to worry, he'd make sure they didn't bother me anymore.

I drove past the burned property months, maybe a year later and saw a beautiful blue nose pit that I'd raised as a puppy. I was getting ready to jump the locked fence and take him when Shorty walked up. I know he saw me and my baby wasn't there the next time I drove by. I had once found out about one place Shorty kept some of his dogs and I never suspected dog fighting (yep, I was totally naïve and took care of the dogs he didn't fight, just used for breeding), but I didn't like the way they were cared for. A nursing mom in a little hay shelter in winter? So, I called it in. That's how I found out his name. He came up to the house one day and asked if I'd called animal control on whatever his real name was and I said "who's so and so?" he said me. Of course, I got totally side tracked and went talking about his real name which kept me out of the eye of trouble. He suspected it was someone else altogether.

I live too far away now to check often, but when I get a chance I drive by both places to see if there are any dogs there and always call animal control. The thing was that since I did take care of Shorty's non fighting dogs one of the animal control officers would actually stop by once in awhile with a pitty for me to rehome because she knew if she took it in, it would be put to sleep because that was the county run shelter's policy. When she accepted a job at another county as an animal cruelty investigator she actually stopped by and let me know. I was and guess am proud that I could form such a relationship with someone who manages animals. Because of course I usually had too many dogs, but the way I cared for them she always turned a blind eye and would just suggest I get a kennel license.

Jennifer

ELAINE BAKER

THIS SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN ALTHOUGH WE HAVE SOME SICK SOB'S IN THIS WORLD GOD SHOULD MAKE SOMEONE BEAT THE CRAP OUT OF THEM AND MAYBE BY LUCK THEY ALL WOULD DIE LIKE THEY DO TO THESE DOGS IT HAS TO STOP N SOMEHOW.

lily

I think people who mistreat or abuse animals are mentally sick. Let them trade places with the defenseless animals that they abused and let hear and see how they feel. Sick humans ought to be locked up and put away for good.

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