A man abandoned a 12-year-old Chow Chow outside near the Riverside Animal Hospital on West 108th street this week, and the owner is now nowhere to be found. The dog is likely to be euthanized if someone doesn’t adopt him in the next week, according to CBS News. Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal is looking for a home for the dog and she sent out the release below.
After learning that a 12-year-old Chow Chow dog was left tied to a fence in the freezing cold on Sunday night near the Riverside Animal Hospital on the Upper West Side, Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal (D/WF-Manhattan) is asking her constituents to help out the animal, who will be euthanized within the week unless someone steps forward to either adopt the dog or help contribute to the cost of his care.
“This poor little Chow Chow needs love and a lot of TLC,” said Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal. “My constituents, and Upper West Siders in general, are a generous bunch with huge hearts, and I wanted to send out a special plea for this little dog, who likely will be killed at the end of the week if no one adopts him.”
The Chow Chow, which the animal hospital believes is about 12 years old, was abandoned by its owner on Sunday night. The dog was left chained to a fence on Sunday night in frigid temperatures. The animal hospital has reported that the Chow Chow is emaciated, and his fur was incredibly matted; so bad in fact, that it took staff more than four hours to shave him. The shaving has revealed lesions. Despite the ordeal, however, the Chow Chow appears to be in good health and good spirits overall.
“I’m hopeful that an angel will step forward to rescue this dog from otherwise certain death,” said Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal. “It’s so sad to think that after suffering through what sounds like 12 years of neglect and now abandonment, that this innocent and still playful pup will be put to sleep.”
Anyone interested in adopting little Chow Chow, who has not been named because the staff wants to avoid developing a bond, can contact the Riverside Animal Hospital, located at 250 West 108th St, New York, NY 10025, by calling (212) 865-2224.