Success: Woman Accused of Abusing Dogs Surrenders One to an Animal Shelter

Dog Katie Salerno

Target: Guardians of Rescue Executive Director, Dori Scofield

Goal: Applaud the Guardians of Rescue for taking one of the dogs reportedly left without adequate shelter during a blizzard in New York

A recent video showed two dogs left outside without adequate protection during a blizzard. The video brought the attention of the media, and also brought the police to the resident’s home. Reports say the resident received a summons with a court date from the police and was threatened with jail time if the dogs’ conditions did not improve. Thanks to strong pressure from animal rights groups and petitions like this on ForceChange, the owner turned one of the dogs over to the Guardians of Rescue.

The animal shelter recently shared a post showing that the more disabled of the dogs, Prince, had been voluntarily surrendered by the owner. Guardians of Rescue also disclosed on their Facebook page that “his cataracts are very bad” and that “[the] old boy is arthritic and fragile.” Posts from the volunteers also indicate that Prince did not get along with the other dog in the home, who is believed to still be living with the owner.

The rescue group has given Prince a full check-up, along with treats and toys to get him settled, while they look for a new home. The shelter warns all interested owners, however, that he will need “a special home to care for his aging body” and encourages those who cannot adopt to donate to help pay for the cost of his care.

Though reports say Egypt still remains with the Brooklyn resident, this petition celebrates at least one win in the struggle to ensure the dogs receive proper care and a good home. Add your name to not only show your support, but help bring awareness to Prince and Egypt’s condition and attract more donations.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Executive Director Scofield,

I write to applaud your organization’s role in improving the welfare of Prince, who was recently surrendered by a Brooklyn resident accused of animal abuse. I know that the winter season is often the busiest for most animal shelters in America due to poor weather conditions, so I thank you for finding the space and resources to care for the dog. It is my understanding that there were other animal shelters involved in and aware of Prince’s situation, but it was you who was able to take the aging dog and provide him with the care he needed.

As you mentioned in your announcement on Facebook, Prince’s fragile health and aging body calls for a very special home to help him readjust and get settled. I know that such a home will be especially hard to find as expenses at this stage of a dog’s life runs high. I hope this petition will generate more awareness and attract donations to help you cover the cost of his care.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Katie Salerno

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4 Comments

  1. Why haven’t ALL the animals been removed from this idiot ???

    • Sara Smith says:

      Precisely. I hardly regard this as a “victory”. She was probably glad to get rid of the dog as it was old and ailing. Should be bloody banned from keeping animals.

  2. This lady need;s to give up the other dog she’s animal abuser. She need;s to pay for Prince;s medical bill & board till she get;s a forever loving home to enjoy while she still has life in her..I thought there was anew law passed in congress starting in January of 2016 animal abuser;s would be charged with a felony charge. What happened to this. Need’a to be inforced

  3. Why weren’t BOTH of them allowed to be seized away from this heartless and GUILTY woman?!?!? And she’ll probably just go get ANOTHER 2nd dog somewhere, as well! Do citizens have to take EVERYTHING into their own hands now & circumvent the useless “law” to get anything accomplished??

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