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Abandoned Dog Overcomes Injuries, Waiting to Find Loving Home

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 12:45pm
Female pit bull standing on table at ASPCA Animal Hospital

Recently, we told you about Baby, an adorable pup who has been in our care for more than a year and a half. This sweet dog, a victim of animal cruelty, has come a long way since we first met her, and she’s still waiting to find a loving home.

In July 2012, a Good Samaritan found Baby tied to a tree, abandoned in the summer heat. Fortunately, they contacted the ASPCA, and Baby began her road to recovery that day at the ASPCA Animal Hospital.

Dr. Bonnie Wong, the ASPCA veterinarian who treated Baby, recalls that she had a severe neck wound consistent with having a chain embedded in her neck for a long period of time. Baby’s body was in poor condition; she had a skin infection and scars on her face where it appeared other dogs had attacked her. After extensive treatment, including repetitive wound care and antibiotic treatments for her skin, Baby’s condition improved and she was ready for adoption.

Since then, Baby has waited and waited for someone to take her home. In the time she’s spent at our Adoption Center, our staff has grown immensely fond of this “oversized lap dog.” She is incredibly friendly and loyal, and we can’t wait until she has a permanent place to call home.

If you’re interested adopting Baby, please call our Adoptions department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Baby, please visit her page.

Before and after of abandoned dog in ASPCA care

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Theda Clark

tell her she made a good choice

Sandra Wald


There are many volunteer animal transports that could help you. Look for them. I belong to one called Kindred Hearts Animal Transport. Do a search on google " animal transport service volunteers" you will get a whole lot of info. Plus you may find a group that can pick-up the dog, and foster her until a transport is arranged. I am sure ASPCA could recommend some ideas too.


Maybe Carla is not a good home. Many people say that if they could they would take the dog but do not mean it. They just say it trying to sound like such animal lovers. So please don't give advice to people just because they say things like that. If someone is truly serious about adopting a dog who lives far away they know what to do. Lots of people say "I would take them all" Lord, that sounds like a hoarder.


Marla, I so agree !!!


Hi Carla, I'm one of those people who would like to "take them all", but know I can't. I have 4 cats now, and not enough time for a dog. However, I never knew about free transportation to assist connecting pets and people. I would like to participate in that and will google for a group in my area.


There is an national organization named Kindred Hearts Transport Connection. They are always in need of drivers. Note this is free transport provided by a group of very dedicated volunteers.


Living far is not an excuse, animals are not expensive to ship, and you can find
places that will help with expenses, I have rescued three dogs, one from Florida,
two from new Orleans.

Lee Rowan

Richard, you don't know what other folks' resources are. I couldn't take her because I'm in Ontario and there's a moronic law against any pitty or pit mixes (plus, we are already home to 5 rescue animals and that's a full house.) Will YOU pay for the transport? If not, don't judge. And if you can -- bless you!


Exactly. I am so tired of hearing the old, lame excuse of "if I didn't live so far, I'd adopt him in a heartbeat."
(That is usually verbatim, BTW.) First of all, transport teams can get these pets to you. Secondly, and more importantly, if you could adopt an abandoned pet "in a heartbeat", why not visit your local shelters and do just that? There are literally thousands of dogs like this in need of homes each year. Do you really need a sad story about an abandoned pet from across the country to remind you of this? Go online. Make a phone call. Pay a visit. And take home that abandoned animal "in a heartbeat."


I am not crazy about the idea of anyone adopting a dog without meeting them first and I am kind of surprised the ASPCA and other shelters would allow this. Dogs I have adopted from rescues in the UK and the US will not let you do this. Battersea required 2 visits! And some even insist you bring along the pets you have to meet the new pup first, so distance is pretty relevant and some of these comments are not very kind. Also I am involved in volunteer dog transport and this can be very distressing for some dogs, especially if the distance is vast so not something to be undertaken lightly. Usually we are moving dogs between rescues, not for individuals anyway.