Meet Lacey aka Peanut Butter – Rescued after being punched, beaten with a shovel and buried in the snow
At six-months old, Lacey was punched, beaten with a shovel and buried in the snow in early 2015. After being rescued by the New York City Police Department (NYPD), Lacey was brought to the ASPCA, where she received critical medical treatment for extensive injuries including fractures to her skull, legs, ribs and back. She was later adopted into a loving home and renamed Peanut Butter.
After Peanut Butter’s rescue, her former owner, Raul Cruz, was arrested on a number of charges including Aggravated Cruelty to Animals. After pleading guilty on January 11, 2017, the 45-year-old Bronx resident was sentenced to one year in jail by Bronx Supreme Court Justice Robert Neary.
Peanut Butter, now around two and a half years old, has grown into a sweet, goofy girl. Her family says that she loves meeting new people, playing with other dogs and snuggling.
Meet little Ethan: bitten at only 6 days old
Sally N. noticed that one of her dog, Shalo’s puppies was bleeding from under his right front leg. Sally suspects that Shalo, a Shih Tzu, may have unintentionally bitten Ethan while trying to groom him or move him and the wound smelled and looked like it was infected.
The runt of an accidental litter of four, the black-and-white Ethan was just six days old and weighed less than one pound when Sally brought him to the ASPCA Animal Hospital. ASPCA Veterinarian Dr. Mary St. Martin designed a specific anesthesia protocol for Ethan because he was so young and tiny.
With an anesthesia and analgesia (pain management) plan in place, Ethel Castillo, an ASPCA Licensed Veterinary Technician, anesthetized tiny Ethan, and Dr. Andra Gordon cleaned his wound, then cut away the damaged tissue and sutured the wound. The following day Ethan was discharged with antibiotics and pain medication. Three weeks later, Dr. St. Martin removed Ethan’s sutures and noted he had nearly tripled his weight. Sally reports that while Ethan was on the mend, she kept him separated from Shalo. She also bottle fed him and carefully socialized him with his littermates.
Meet Mugzee: The happy puggle who was hit by a car
When 22-year-old twin sisters Crystal and Christine T. of Far Rockaway, New York, received a wiggly Beagle/Pug mix named Mugzee from their uncle last May, their lives were transformed. So when Mugzee’s life was suddenly endangered after he was hit by a car, the sisters were forced to contemplate what their family life would be like without him.
At AAH, an abdominal ultrasound revealed serious injuries in the area of Mugzee’s bladder and colon. During emergency surgery, ASPCA Veterinarian Dr. J’mai Gayle discovered his left ureter (the tube carrying urine from the kidney to the bladder) had torn, most likely when he was struck by the car, and had sealed over by scarring down to his colon. This caused an obstruction and dangerous backup of urine into his left kidney. Dr. Gayle performed a nephrectomy, removing the damaged kidney, and took out the damaged ureter.
When Mugzee returned home from the AAH, “we felt complete as the feelings of love and happiness filled our house,” says Crystal. “Somehow, through the pain, he kept on being that happy little Puggle whom we all know and love.”
Meet Romeo: The kissing puppy who needed surgery
One of the most endearing qualities of Romeo, a four-year-old Jack Russell terrier mix, is that he loves to give besos—kisses—and does so on command. That’s why it was a surprise one Sunday morning last November when he stopped kissing and became sick.
Romeo’s vomiting was severe enough that his pet parents, Tiffany B. and Jamie C., brought him to the ASPCA Animal Hospital. Romeo was diagnosed with intestinal entrapment within an inguinal hernia—meaning that a portion of his intestines had become trapped in his abdomen—and he underwent emergency surgery. “When hernias entrap the intestine, extreme pain and gastrointestinal upset can result. Without surgery, the entrapment can be fatal,”explains ASPCA Veterinarian Dr. Yvonne Kline.
Dr. Kline suspects that Romeo’s hernia was a result of a congenital anatomic defect, though they can also be acquired as a result of trauma or obesity. Post surgery, back home, Romeo is back to his old tricks. He sits, lies down, crawls, rolls over, plays tag and hide-and-seek, fetches, and of course—gives besos!
Meet Kody: Rescued and given a loving home
Kody, a seven-year-old Pomeranian, was one of more than 100 dogs rescued by the ASPCA, in conjunction with the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office, during last November’s raid, where many dogs—spanning large and small breeds—were found living in crowded, filthy conditions, and were being bred to sell to pet stores in the Miami-Dade area. Some suffered from various medical conditions; Kody had dental disease, intestinal parasites and an ear infection.
When Dean Ericson read a recent ASPCA News Alert about the puppy mill raid in Clewiston, Florida, the photo of a frightened dog being carried to safety tugged at his heartstrings. Dean remembers. “I said to myself, ‘I’ve got to find out where that dog is; that dog’s coming home with me.’ It was just something I had to do.” Dean contacted the ASPCA via phone and email, eventually learning the identity of the dog.
Less than a week later, Dean and Heather (his wife) tracked down Kody at the Humane Society of Broward County in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The next step was planning the 850-mile drive to adopt him. After a 13-hour journey, the Ericsons arrived home on December 23 with Kody. They carefully introduced him to their 11-year-old Sheltie named Kinsey, with both dogs on a leash. “They smelled each other and have since become fast friends,” says Dean, who notes that Kody “broke out of his shell pretty quick.”
Kody, who got the second chance of a lifetime, can be full of energy, according to Dean, and loves his new-found joy of running. “It’s the most exercise he’s had in his life.”
Puppy Mills: Why It Is Important To ADOPT, And Not Shop From Pet Stores
Puppy mills usually house their dogs in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, without adequate veterinary care, food, water and socialization, therefore the puppy mill dogs do not get to experience treats, toys, exercise or basic grooming. Dogs are often kept in cages with wire flooring that injures their paws and legs—and it is not unusual for cages to be stacked up in columns.
To ensure that you’re not purchasing a puppy mill dog, see where he/she came from yourself: Puppies sold online often come from puppy mills. Responsible breeders would never sell to someone they haven’t met to ensure the puppies are going to good homes.
How to find your best friend – responsibly
- Please make adoption your first option.
- Purebred dogs end up in shelters just like mixed breeds. If you have your heart set on a purebred, please visit your local shelter or find a breed rescue group before searching for a breeder.
- If you can’t find what you want, please learn how to recognize a responsible breeder. Always be sure to meet the puppy’s parents or at least the mother, and see where the dogs live. Never meet a breeder at an off-site location, and never have a puppy shipped to you sight-unseen.
Nancy Silverman Rescue Ride
The ASPCA’s Nancy Silverman Rescue Ride, a new program launched in January, aims to relocate dogs from the Southeast to the Northeast—where they will have a better chance for adoption—over the next three years. On Thursday, April 23, 34 more lucky pups got a new “leash on life” through the program’s first transport to New York City.
In addition, many times the ASPCA Adoption Center in NYC transports puppies from the Southeast, where they may not have as great of a chance of being adopted, to areas in the Northeast where they have a better chance of finding safe and loving homes.
Read more about animal cruelty issues, puppy rescue stories, and the numerous ways you can help and adopt a pet over on ASPCA’s website below.