Earlier tonite around 9pm ish I was on my FB page and noticed a post from Tina - she posted that she drove past a pit bull dead in the street, he was inside a garbage bag, his head and a portion of his body was exposed and more about a fighting ring nearby. I immediately posted back to her, and asked what the address was - she replied 84th Street and 107th Avenue (Ozone Park Queens) near the cemetery - I grabbed my scanner, blanket, gloves, and my friend Annie and drove... my heart was racing.
I drove up and there he was, laying 3 feet from the curb - on a two way street, with a fine layer of snow on him, he was frozen.
I moved back the bag to look him over after, he wasn't a bait dog, all his limbs were in place, no gun shot wounds, no bite marks and no blood anywhere, he lay in a fetal position and his eyes closed - his mouth closed.
I scanned him, no chip, no tags, no collars and he was unaltered. I did see some patches of hair missing on him - maybe mange? alopecia? and he did have some calluses on his elbows. He was a very handsome dog, Tan, big skull, but his hinds were on the skinny side, I could see his ribs a little - maybe 3-5 years old at most.
I broke down.. I don't know how in the world someone can toss their pet on the side of the road in a garbage bag, the bag was not even tied. Did he freeze to death or
die of natural causes? (I cant get into bed if my three are not at my side.. wtf)
Drivers drove past, some stopping and shouting.. "hes been there since yesterday" - MY RESPONSE.. THANKS FOR THE INFO ("asshole")
This situation was an awakening for me to see what exactly one is up against here in NYC in a situation like this.
I began making calls, I called 911 and they told me they couldn't assist, I called 311 and was told there's a 48 hour response time, I called the Emergency Clinic and was told they won't hold dead animals overnight. I even called the Queens ASPCA Cruelty Officer Lai and my call went to voice mail.
Had "Frosty" - that's the name I gave him - as he was covered in frost - had he been mutilated, mauled, missing limbs, crushed head, multiple bite wounds, I would have driven him to the ASPCA for investigation reasons.
So, we picked up frosty, I wrapped him in a blue suede blanket, put him in my back seat and took him to the Sanitation dept, against my best wishes.. ACC is closed.. and where can I keep him?
My only thought was to get him out of the street, allow him some dignity.
People get away with doing things like this because they can, the system fails. What if a child had seen that dog in the street for two days - is that what we are offering the youth of America? This is how we love, respect and appreciate God's creatures? Is this the message we are sending? What about a DOH issue in regards to disease?
They slashed the budget and this is what we as rescuers do.
I am now learning this is the second dog dumped there in less then 2 months, one was dumped on Pitkin and 107th - just a block away.
Here is a pic of Frosty Boy..