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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.

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Aggie Smolecki

Amen Elaine. Thanks for putting everything back into perspective. Let's focus on the animals and this great Story of Hank!

Angie

Thank you Elaine! That was the most intelligent answer yet. Hank is safe and loved. That's always the goal. Not who replies where and when.

Greg Ricks

You are so on point. You can't make this stuff up!

Tery

Really, what's wrong w/ you...didn't think this required a placement in line...think you should be more concerned for the animals well being rather then who makes a comment first or second...really took the cake on total idiot on this comment...

Tery

Really, what's wrong w/ you...didn't think this required a placement in line...think you should be more concerned for the animals well being rather then who makes a comment first or second...really took the cake on total idiot on this comment...

Zach c

Wait, who's Henry?

jackie

i am so thrilled for Hank, there should be more people like zach for giving hank a new loving home. All these animals need a good home and so much love. i have a pitbull named bruno, he's 5 years old and the best animal i could ever have. i raised him since he is 11 weeks old. he also has a pal sebastian my 7 year old cat, THEYthey are the best pals. anyone who gets arrested for animal cruelty should get more than just a slap on the wrist, they should get jail time, and have to pay alot of money to organizations to help other animals against people like hank's former owner. THANK YOU ZACH FOR BEING A GREAT PERSON AND TAKING HANK INTO YOUR HOME.

Kelley

I'm so happy for Hank and his new family!! May you have many years of happiness and fun times together. Thank you to ASPCA for all of the work you do to take care of these precious animals.

Margaret

Very happy for the best outcome for Hank, however, a misdemeanor is just a slap on the wrist isn't it? I hope that the law becomes more than that for criminals that abuse animals. Much more!!

Chris

I agree with Margaret 100%!!! We need harsher punishment so the abusers won't be so quick to hurt an innocent animal!!!

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