October 26, 2016

On Patrol: Adoptable Cruelty Victim Gets Special Outing with NYPD Officers

Update: We are thrilled to announce that Jamie has been adopted. If you are ready to open your home to an animal in need, please visit our Adopt a Pet section to find one of the many adoptable pets near you.

Jamie with the NYPD

New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers from Patrol Borough Manhattan North took some time off their regular beat to give one special pooch an outing to remember and a shot at a new home. The officers—all animal cruelty liaisons to the ASPCA within their commands—escorted Jamie, a four-year-old pit bull mix, on a romp through Manhattan’s Riverside Park and a special visit to the 20th Precinct on the Upper West Side to get her out of the ASPCA Adoption Center for a few hours and hopefully into a new, loving home.

Jamie was one of two dogs rescued by officers from Brooklyn’s 63rd Precinct in April 2016. She was severely underweight when police discovered her living in filthy conditions with another bone-thin female pit bull mix. Jamie’s coat and paws were soaking in urine and her nails had grown so long they were curving into her feet.

But on her outing, any remnants of her six-month road to recovery were a distant memory as she bounded through the dog run, hopped into a police van and enjoyed plenty of belly rubs and pup-cakes from doting officers.

NYPD officer giving jamie a treat

“Jamie’s story is a great example of a dog’s ability to triumph over abuse and neglect to become a loving companion,” said Howard Lawrence, Vice President of ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement. “We’re thankful to the NYPD officers for their dedication to helping dogs like Jamie find the safe, loving homes they truly deserve, and we encourage anyone looking to celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month this October to consider adopting an animal rescued through the ASPCA’s partnership with the NYPD.”

Now in its third year, the NYPD/ASPCA partnership continues to have a considerable positive impact for New York City’s vulnerable animals. Since the partnership launched citywide in January 2014, there have been triple-digit increases in arrests and animals treated.  

As for Jamie? She’s still available and searching for that perfect home. If you’re interested in adopting this very special dog, please contact the ASPCA Adoption Center in New York City at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4120.

NYPD taking Jamie out for a walk