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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Rhonda and Tyrone

Stories like these are the reason me and my husband make our donation EVERY month!!!! I am so happy for Hank and Frank...

Brenda Kaye Hix...

Although I am glad that the owner got arrested , I feel that a misdemeanor, isn't near enough punishment, for what poor Red had to endure, at this subhumans hands.Harsher, more severe sentencing is needed. Hank you are a beautiful little guy and I am so happy that you were saved ,from that monster that had you and you are now with real human beings.

leslie curley

A special thanks to the people who spoke up about the cruelty they saw. Everyone needs to do it if needed.

Debbie Collins

Animal Cruelty will not be tolerated spoken from a former NJ SPCA Investigator. So happy for Hank that he was found in time and now has a new forever home


Red is soooo stinkin cute

Lynda Ward

Well done Zach a wonderful gesture and I am more than sure Hank will repay your love and kindness a hundred fold, you're a good man.

Laura Todd

Congrats to all! Hank looks like he is a real sweetheart & I'm so glad he's in a loving home now. You made a great choice, Zach! Way to go, ASPCA!


Hey, stop the bickering....this is supposed to be about the few fantastic humans that help the animals who cannot do it for themselves.
Love the rescue/forever homes stories.


Me and my best friend stephanie want to help aspca but we don't know how to start