URGENT: SWEETY IS IS A STRAY WHO WAS DUMPED INTO THE MANHATTAN NEW YORK KILL SHELTER – SHE’S SCARED BECAUSE SHE KNOWS SHE WILL BE KILLED. PLEASE HELP HER: Contact the NYC ACC at (212) 788-4000 for further automated instructions
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SWEETY – A0962989
FEMALE, BR BRINDLE, PIT BULL MIX, 3 yrs
STRAY – STRAY WAIT, NO HOLD Reason STRAY
Intake condition NONE Intake Date 04/23/2013, From NY 10463, DueOut Date 04/26/2013
Medical Behavior Evaluation No Initial Behavior
Medical Summary No Initial Exam
A volunteer writes:
Charming and precious, Sweety is a lovely young lady who reminds me of the little ditty “sugar and spice and all things nice”! Initially a bit shy, it takes a few moments of quiet time before she’s ready to engage in some fun. But when she does, Sweety is all about play, scampering about, flinging her plush toy in the air with pure delight. In fact, she’s so absorbed in her play that she seems like a puppy when she takes a play position and starts to nibble on my shoe laces! And, even more like a puppy when, after being told a firm “No”, she rolls over for a rewarding belly rub! Sweety might have joined us as a stray, but her lovely grooming and obedience suggests that she was a well-cared for family pet not too long ago. She responds like a champ to various commands including “sit”, “paw”, “stay” and “down” which turns into an invitation for more belly rubs! She’s likely housetrained, taking care business immediately once outside; she also greets other dogs stopping by her playpen with easy swings of her tail. At the park, Sweety is an angel on leash, walking with stylish poise and taking only slight notice of other dogs encountered on the path. She is also a picture of quiet repose when we take a moment of rest, taking treats gently from my hand and placing her paws softly on my lap, only after an invitation. So, come meet this wonderful girl – no “snails” or other boyish things here, although she does have a “puppy dog tail” – and a whole bunch of charm!
Behavior: NH Only
Helper Dog: A0962856
Sweety pulled a bit on the leash and was a bit excited but friendly and interested in interacting with handler during assessment – jumping up on assessors lap and staying close. She was calm and relaxed during handling but easily became aroused during the Tag interaction, jumping and grabbing the leash assertively, tugging hard while low growling. Sweety showed some concerning behavior during the food bowl assessment – stiffening and growling, but did not snap at or bite the assess-a-hand. But she growled and bit the assess-a-hand during the toy test then showed more concerning behavior – stiffening and growling when taking away the rawhide. She was relaxed when approaching a helper dog, friendly when near but not playful.
Look: 1. Dog’s eyes are averted. Her ears are back, her tail is down, and she has a relaxed body posture. Dog allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands.
Sensitivity: 1. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, her eyes are averted, and her tail is in neutral position with relaxed body posture. Dog’s mouth is likely closed for at least a portion of the assessment item.
Tag: 3. Dog responds with her tail high, ears forward, mouth likely closed for at least half of the assessment item, body stiff. Dog is often focused on other stimuli in the room.
Squeeze 1 & 2: 1. Dog gently pulls back her paw. Dog may lick hand.
Food: 4. Dog freezes and growls.
Toy: 5. Dog attempts to bite
Rawhide: 4. Dog freezes and growls.
Dog – dog: 2. Dog approaches the helper dog, body soft, tail well above spine level, ears forward.
BARH, Resists restraint, Unable to do full PE nor to take temperature
H&L sinus rhythm, no murmurs, Lungs clear
P: Doxycycline (100mg) 3 tabs PO sid x 10 days
Move to Isolation
BRIGHT, ALERT, RESPONSIVE, HYDRATED
hematoma on both ears
both ears infection
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