Puppy Thrown from Car in Sandy Aftermath Now at ASPCA

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 2:45pm

Even as their region was devastated by Superstorm Sandy, a New Jersey couple found time to step up for an animal in need.

After spending days inside waiting out the storm without electricity, Gloria Delgado and Wilfredo Garcia took their dog for a walk Tuesday to survey the damage to their Elizabeth neighborhood.

A few blocks from their home, they saw something strange: a little white car idling at the edge of a park. The couple heard a yelp and a car door slam, and then watched as the car sped away.

To their horror, Delgado and Garcia realized a Hound/Pit Bull mix puppy, white with brown spots and about five months old, had been pitched out of the car, left to fend for herself among the downed trees and debris. Delgado called to the confused puppy, and she came right away.

Delgado and Garcia waited for 20 minutes—perhaps, they thought, she fell out of the car? But the car never returned, so they took the puppy home to their dark apartment.

“She was so nice,” Delgado says. “So good and playful with our kids and our dog.”

The puppy stayed the night, but the Garcia family knew they couldn’t keep her forever. Delgado cleans houses in Manhattan, and she decided to bring us the puppy when she returned to work. On Wednesday, the entire Garcia family braved hours of traffic to ensure the dog reached us safely. 

“I lived in Manhattan a long time ago, so I know how the ASPCA takes care of animals,” Garcia says. “I knew they would take care of this dog.”

We are so grateful that the Garcia family took care of this sweet and happy little puppy, who is receiving care at our Adoption Center and will be made available for adoption soon. Of course, we named her Sandy.

For more information about the ASPCA’s rescue and relief efforts during Sandy, please stay tuned to our blog and Twitter account.

UPDATE: Sandy has been adopted!

Add new comment




Hey there,

Do you folks need volunteers to help with the Sandy relief? I'm in Astoria, Queens and have all weekend to lend a hand. I would love to help out. Please let me know if I can be helpful!!!!


Trista Moldovan

God Bless Gloria Delgado and Wilfredo Garcia to help an animal in need!! The drivers/former owner of the dog should be thrown out of a moving car themselves.


Bless your hearts :))))


God bless Gloria Delgado and Wilfredo Garcia. It's people like them that makes me believe in humanity. I hope sandy finds a great home and great people to love her likes she deserves to be loved.


God bless the couple for taking care of her, I wish Sandy can find a loving family soon, I am sure she will because she is so beautiful.


People really suck! How could someone do that?!?! I'd like to throw that person out of a car DURING a hurricane! So glad she's with you. I'm in DE, but I'd be happy to adopt her. I just lost my Aussie of 16yrs in August, but am ready to adopt again. I live on 2 acres of fenced in yard. e-mail me & we can start the adoption process. =)

Pat Kennedy

Please tell me how I can get her out here in Washington State as I would like to adopt her.

Mike Tune

I live on four acres outside of Spokane, Washington and would love to give Sandy a good home full of love and she would have a buddy to play with.


Thank goodness for people that go out of their way for animals in need, she is so beautiful!


Its people like those disgusting individuals who make me not like people but trust animals more.. but then stories of wonderful people surface and it makes me feel a little better. I hope she gets adopted soon! Plus, she looks like she could use a mature play pal--like Lady!