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

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 2:15pm
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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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Holly

Oh Hank, may God be with you this time. I pray that you are in good hands this time. I'm so sorry for your former life of torment and extremely sad that your prior owner only received a slap on the hand warning. Thank God for the neighbors who cared enough to report your situation. love you

mek

THIS made my day!!!!

Marykay Pennington

Altho' 48 states carry felony charges for cruelty, most are classified on the lighter end. One gets 1st degree felony for abusing a human and a slap on the wrist for the same against an animal. Still, we are making strides. Thanks to people like you and me who take time to notice these stories & reports! Let's keep at it until its prison for the a**holes who are so cruel. Isn't it proven animal abuse is one sign of future abuse of humans? thanks for listening...

Andy

It's sad that in New York where it seems there are alot of cruel individuals its only a misdeminnor for abusing animals. But I'm glad to see one lovely looking dog founda good home

Lana Thomas

The punishment should be harsher...

Lana Thomas

A misdemeanor is
not harsh enough for the abusive former owner...

ANNE O

I THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO GET TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE SLIME THAT MISTREATED HIM. I AM SO GLAD A GOT A REAL PERSON THIS TIME AND NOT A WORTHLESS PIECE OF SCUM.

Joyce

I am so happy for Hank and Zach, what an awsome gift for Hank. He is so handsome!!

happycats

What a beautiful ending for a beautiful dog and his new beautiful family. And a wonderful thank you to the ASPCA for all they do !!!!

Carol Todd

Thank you, NYPD, for rescuing and helping dogs. Out here in Colorado, cops shoot them because "they are big and scary and bark," even if they are sitting on their bed in the garage, or if a border collie runs out when cops have the wrong place, or running down the sidewalk in front of their family.

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