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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Monika L. Walker

I have been a supporter of the ASPCA for many years. I know that my donations help a lot. Such as in this case where this poor animal was finally rescued. Pravo. It feels so refreshing to hear about some positive experiences. Besides having been a faithful contributor we also take and spay/neuter cats and dogs that aren't our own. Just to keep the population down. This too can make a big difference and those unborn babies never come to fruition to experience cruelty. This is what it is all about. Even some people who do not treat their animals for fleas. We won't hesitate to order flea treatment and treat their wounds to keep suffering to a minimum. I am not writing this to pat myself, rather I want to set an example of what a little help can do for our four-legged creatures. All of our animals were rescues. Many of them also experienced cruelty by the hands of their bastard and bitches owners. Who got away with their evil deeds. Most of our animals have now deceased. We still are very active in protecting the helpless animals who are the victims of so much cruelty. I can't take care of them all. I would love to do that. But we have made a difference to the countless animals we have helped. Whenever you can, please help out with your donation. Every dollar counts. Just send what you can. You know what your money is being used for. Put it in the basket in church, you will never know what your money is being used for. Often it is used to support a lavish lifestyle. Not in every case of course. These slick preachers on TV are all millionaires. They live high on the hog and persuade the poorest among us to donate money, even if they can't afford it. Make promises that can't come true, just to get their hands on your donations. Please, think about that. It is the truth. I hope many of you can help. Even small amount are needed.

Amy K

I am so glad to hear about Hank. He was fortunate which is a blessing. I wish every animal cruetly act should be a increased to a FELONY and also increased the fine/penalties. If it were a child it would treated a lot more severe. Abuse is abuse, I don't care if it's humans or animals. I just hope one day the laws will change.
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As, i suspected! Just a rotten misdemeanor charge! Thats insane.. This is not progress. This is a disgrace. I'm happy for Hank, but i'm angry as all get out with the simple charge!


So happy that Hank has a lovely caring home ,Thank you for loving this boy and happy he has frank for a buddy


Such a cutie - how could anyone have anything but love for a face like that? So happy Hank is in good hands.

Stella Fitzgibb...

Is the previous owner's name not part of the public record? If so, he can hardly sue you for printing it.

Kat Anglin

Bless you for loving Hank! I have had pretty good success with rescue dogs and kitties coexisting. You and your girlfriend are angels. Thank you.


I'm so happy for Hank, Zach you are a very special person. I just wish that there was a way we could change the Misdemeanor to a Felony and give the jail time. We've got to find a way to get the system to be harder on the weak, spineless, people that abuse animals.

Mercedes Cascio

I couldn't agree with you more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mercedes Cascio

I can't tell you how much your story touched my heart!!!! Thank God for you & and your girlfriend (and Frank ;-)). You saved Hank's life. God bless you!!!!!!! And thank God for the ASPCA!!!!!!!!!!!