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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The law should be: "Abuse an animal and you go to prison"!! No ifs, ands or buts!
Directly to prison and I bet most of the abuse will end. I hope some day soon, they will put that in to a LAW!

night magic

i completely agree millie !!!!!


Yea,most serial killers start with animals

Laura Todd

I agree 100%!


I hadn't read any of the comments prior to posting mine, I've added the same sentiments.




Totally agree! The punishment should fit the crime.


I am SO happy when I see and hear about bad situations turn in to good ones. I wish there were more people in the world that are more like Zach and his girl friend.


Thank you for doing your part and gaining a family member as well. We love all our rescues and am very pleased to report they all get along quite well in our loving and peaceful home as your adopted family does as well. I don't know you personally, but I consider you a friend for your kind act.


Brian, I love what you wrote - "I do not know you personally, but I consider you a friend for your kind act." That is truly a moving and profound thought.