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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.

Ready to help more animals like Hank in 2014? Join us! Become an ASPCA Guardian, and for just a few cents a day, you can make a huge impact on countless lives.

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I am so thrilled for Hank and his new pal, Frank. Thank you to kind and generous Zach for bringing Hank home to love and joy and fun and safety. Beautiful "happy tail."


love love this story. Good people do exist and prove "open heart" is rewarded with endless love that only an innocent animal can give.
GOD bless Zach and Hank and Henry : -)


Char, how about you stop butting in line. Don't reply to the first comment just so yours is seen. If you do, at least make it a response to the first poster.


are you serious ? pathetic.


lisa, you shut up. let her answer, okay?

lorraine yee

Yes I agree with you Mallory, Lisa sounds like she is giving an honest comment, Lisa, I wonder what is up with you. We all just want to say we are happy for Hank and other animals like him. Lets be positive and focus on the point of donating money so that other animals can be saved from abuse like Hank.

lorraine yee

Sorry I meant Lisa is having issues where people respond to comments.
Lisa should stay focused on saving animals, not saving spots for online comments

night magic

agreed its about this beautiful animal nothing else and we are all happy for him !!!


I wunt to stop animal corte

Elaine Brown

And we wonder why the world is in such chaos. Give us a break! Who gives a hoot? What is important is that Hank has been taken away from an abuser, healed, rehomed and happy.