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!

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Who does that? Such a sweet face! I am in Colorado, but my Catahoula and I would adopt her in a heartbeat if there were a way to do it!

E. Lily

May God bless this couple for saving this beautiful puppy!! Please let me know if th. puppy comes up for adoption.


I would so take that dog into my home,it is too sad, if you don't find a home for him, I have lots of land and love for him. Worth the drive. Kathy


"After spending days inside waiting out the storm without electricity, Gloria Delgado and Wilfredo Garcia took their dog for a walk Tuesday"

The storm hit NJ on Monday night. So how were they without electricty "for days"?

This is a great story, sloppily told.

Annie Hope

Awww! So nice to know there are decent generous thoughtful people still! In a world of uncertainty!!

Gracias Gloria Y Wilfredo. El mundo necesita mas personas como uds. Dios les bendiga. Este perrito tuve suerte tener personas concientes alrededor. Muy bien hecho!

Allison Koch

I've already sent a donation to the ASPCA - but anything we can do to help the couple that saved him?


There are plenty of young pit bulls in shelters across the United States, and they need homes just as much as this one does. Anyone who says they would like to adopt this puppy (which is at the ASPCA shelter in New York City and will not be transported across the U.S. to be adopted) should visit their local shelter and take one of those dogs home instead of wanting this one just because it comes with a sad story.


unf*cking real. these people make me sick to my stomach. how heartless can you be. anyone who does something so disgusting should be charged and inprisoned. just because its an ANIMAL DOESNT MEAN ITS OKAY. let someone throw them out of a car see how they like it.

Jeff tucker

I will take this amazing dog. Please let me know. 443 682 2607