New York City Dog Rescued from Cruelty, Now Thriving With Loving Family

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 2:15pm
Relaxed dog laying on floor

In October 2013, NYPD officers responded to multiple calls reporting a case of animal cruelty in the Bronx. Their investigation revealed that a dog named Red was indeed a victim of cruelty. His owner was subsequently arrested and charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Luckily, this was just the beginning of a transformation for Red. When he arrived at the ASPCA Animal Hospital, he was thin and had multiple wounds on his head and leg. Red received treatment including IV fluids, pain medication and antibiotics. After six weeks of care and recovery, Red was ready to find a new forever home.

Just before Christmas, Red went home with adopter Zach C. to begin his new life as a beloved pet. Red, now known as Hank, is thriving with Zach and his cat, Frank.

"ASPCA volunteers stayed late so that I could bring Hank home before the Adoption Center closed for the holidays,” Zach says. “Hank is now part of the family and adds his own personality to an already happy home. There's nothing like waking up with a dog who is excited to play and hang out with me all day.”

Brown pit bull sitting on sidewalk

Zach reports that while he was initially nervous about Hank and Frank getting along, the two are very curious about each other and love to compete for the attention of Zach and his girlfriend.

We’re thrilled that Hank is so happy and healthy in his new home. Unfortunately, thousands of animals are victims of cruelty nationwide. If you live in New York City and witness animal cruelty, please call 311 (or 911 for crimes in progress) to notify the NYPD. To learn how to report cruelty in your state, please visit our Reporting Cruelty FAQ.

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Kudos to those neighbors who cared enough to contact the authorities about the abuse Hank was enduring; and to Zach and his girlfriend for giving him a second chance.

Anne scott

We ve always taken rescue dogs and feel there ought to be stiff punishment for sick people who abuse animals. What kind of person takes their frustration out on a pet. Give them up before you kill them. God bless ASPCA

Susan Axtell

There needs to be tougher penalties for animal cruelty and a registry of abusers so they cannot adopt more pets once they have been convicted.


I'm so happy for the happy ending. Red is a beautiful pup and deserve all the best. God bles him and the family that adopt him.


Hank and frank.... how perfect


So what happened to the former owners of this dog ??

Rosalie H. Kaye

Thanks to the people that initially called the police abt the cruelty towards Red, now Hank, and many thanks go out to all at the ASPCA for the great care towards all the aniimals in their care Bravo to Hank's new pet parent, and so happy he has a fline friend too!!!


I'm so happy for hank and frank that they like each other and that hank got such a good and loving home


Hank looks so much better now! I am happy this loving boy has a new forever home. And I am thrilled that charges were pressed against his abuser! Grrr.


Let's take a chill pill and let people add their positive input. Stop being so critical. The ASPCA saves animals from such hostility, keep it off this site!