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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Carol Todd

Because of your story, and the one about Patrick in NJ a few years ago (starved beyond belief and dumped 19 stories down a garbage shute), I am going to my local shelter and adopt a 3 yr old pit bull. Thank you for being a real man with a compassionate heart.

jeanine v

Rescued dogs are very special: it is as if they remember you saved them. Have you considered fostering a rescued dog/cat??!! And if you want to adopt it, you know what the animal is like. There must be dog and or cat rescue groups in your area: food and vet care are paid by the rescue. Every animal fostered is a life saved! Both our dogs were our former fosters and we still continue fostering and transporting rescued pets to their rescue and/or foster parents.


Too bad the abuser was only charged with a misdemeanor. Should be a stiffer penalty!


The former owner was only charged with Misdemeanor Animal Cruelty?? Is that the best they could do in NY City?? Geez!! That owner should have been sentenced to at Least One Year in Prison!! I summize from this that the liberal state of New York cares little or nothing about the welfare of animals!

marlene miller

So happy for Hank. He looks like a sweet heart. I will never understand why people do this to animals. What was done to him should of been done to that previous owner. They get off to easy. Laws need to be changed. Happy days for sweet Hank. xoxox

Rebecca Page

I am so happy for Frank; but we have to make animal cruelty more than a misdemeanor with just a slap on the wrist.


Zach, where I come from, Michigan, AKA God's hand print, you are what we call a Class Act.


Hank is a cutie!!!! How could you not just love this baby. I am so glad Hank will finally get to live a happy, safe and peaceful life with a buddy (Frank) to boot.


I agree with others that the abuser got off way to easy. Our animal cruelty laws are weak. Humans have no right to abuse animals. If humans got even a piece of the same treatment they would get it. Bless ASPCA for rescuing Hank!!!

Sara Bartlett

SO glad this dog has a loving home now. A misdemeanor charge is nothing, animal cruelty laws must be strengthened. And I do worry about the life time of this young dog. I work in shelters volunteering, I see too many dogs surrendered to the shelter when a person decides they can no longer take care of the pet. Taking a dog is a lifetime commitment of 12-15 years. Every dog I have owned in my now long lifetime was with me at their death, and my cats and horses! That oath of allegience is important. I hope this young dog has that.