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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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Shari

I can't believe people still do these things, I am shocked every single time I hear a heartbreaking story about abusing an animal. It breaks my heart to even put myself in this puppies shoes, even if dogs live for the moment, they still don't forget. Which is why they are so willing to get over their past. That's what make dogs so wonderful. I know this puppy will find a forever home, and for the couple that took this puppy in, you were there walking your dog at that time for a reason, to find this puppy. Otherwise, I believe she would have been hit by a car. God Bless You!!!!

Jennifer

For one i think that is absolutely wrong for what her owners did to her. She never did anything wrong...I think it is wonderful that these strangers took the dog in until they could get her to the ASPCA...we need more people like that!! i wish they could find who did that to her and make them pay..

Jennifer

I cannot believe someone could just toss their dog out of a car like its a piece of garbage. I'am glad there are some kind hearted people in this world..wish they could catch who did that and punish them. JUST SO WRONG!!

Mikey Paino

IM SO AGAINST THIS KIND OF ABUSE SO JOIN MY PAGE ON FACEBOOK AND WE WILL TERMINATE THIS TOPIC FOR GOOD!!!!! PLEASE DO IT FOR SANDY AND EVERY EX PET SHE RESEMBLES LETS STAND UP!!!! TOGETHER WE CAN FIX OUR WORLD! PLEASE JUST CONSIDER IT! PLEASE!

Christina Madera

This is your brain-this is your brain on_______fill
in the blank.Perhaps they'll get thrown from a car
one day!

mathew putnam

how can people be so heart less in this world and every thing else

Colin

thats so sad but so happy @ the same time

stephanie

i live in oklahoma and i am in the 7th grade and i have always loved animals and hope to be a vet when i grow up i really love what ASPCA does for animals i really wish i could do the same i have eight dogs three cats and two horses yah we have a zoo and yes all of the cats and dogs are inside dogs and cats

Angel

I love animals and hate to see them mistreated.I'm 12 and in 6th grade and I've saved an animal once all by myself.It was a warm summer day and I was playing outside when I heard a kitten squeak.I tracked where the sound was and there before me was a little wild kitten staring me in the face.I caught the little rascle(by the neck)after it ran all over the yard and put it in a live trap cage(it didn't hurt it)and told my dad.I am allegic to cats so we couldn't keep it.We called the animal control to pick it up the next morning.I had named him Moe.I had givin it milk and a little dog food(that's all that we had).I didn't let it out because I knew that if I did it would run away.I am guessing that the poor little thing had found a home.When I grow up I want to be an animal cop like the ones on TV.I know that it is a big job but I can handle it. luv ya a huge fan- Angel

Eric Lynch

just a dog..good grief

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