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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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Dianne Dirksen

It breaks a person,s heart to see that any person could be so cruel,heartless and inhumane to breed an animal for fighting..I hope they get the utmost penalty for what they are doing...I am so thankful for people who dedicate their lives to rescue these suffering animals and give them a chance for a happy and loving life in caring homes....BY CARING PEOPLE...Thankyou From a Canadian neighbour

Flory DeVoe

People can be sick,cruel and greedy! Can't stand it!!!!! Thank you for your courage and for what you did. We need many people like you in this world. You are a saint and our hero! Bless you.

Josie

Mona is Beautiful ! Hope the rest of the Pits that were rescued are just as lucky to find good homes

Daisy Mom

We will always see those that abuse the innocent. Whether their abuse involves fellow humans or animals, it is heartbreaking. Consider praying for those that abuse to be changed, their eyes and hearts turned toward good and decency. May they hold themselves up to a higher expectation. God put us in a position to care for this earth and the living things upon it. There are several places in the Bible that mention God's love for the animals He created. We will be held accountable for the way we care for all of His creations. His Eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me. -How true!

Stacey

Animal abusers need to be executed, plain and simple. They are a worthless bunch of sob's!

Liz

What a doll! I love those ears!! So glad she found the loving home she deserves!

carlos Villalba

I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT IN 2013 "HUMANS" KEEP ENJOYING WATCHING ANIMAL DIE AND SUFFER. RESPONSIBLE SERIAL KILLERS MUST BE ON JAIL NOW !!. NO EXCUSES ACCEPTED. ZERO TOLERANCE FOR MURDERS, AND ANIMAL CRUELTY.

Kathy T

Really, really happy these dogs, especially Mona Lisa have found new homes. Can't imagine why some people like Sanchez thinks it's ok to have these dogs fight. He will now have to think about what he's done while he's in jail. Hope he does.

Suzan Kerpetenoglu

Mona Lisa's abuse breaks my heart but my heart is warmed when I hear about people who rescue and adopt animals who are in need. Enjoy your new home Mona Lisa. Love has finally come to you! You are so sweet and so deserving,just like other animals who look for love and get only pain and abuse. People, step up to the plate and do what you can to help animals, please!

anden

when i see these things, i am reminded of why i like animals more than people!

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