Betrayed again: Dog holding his toy at NYC shelter slated to die today

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The reality of a happy pooch named Hank is he faces euthanasia again at 1:00 p.m. on Monday in New York City; he has been betrayed again. Just eight-months ago, Hank’s photo went viral as he happily wagged his tail and carried his favorite stuffed toy in his mouth at the Brooklyn Care Center for New York Animal Care. The adorable little guy attracted the attention of thousands and thousands of animal advocates, and following his photo came the questions :

“Could life be anymore innocent? Could this life be saved?

Just a few days later, the nail biting and the sleepless nights from animal advocates worried about Hank’s fate stopped. Hank was adopted! The dog safely left the building. Not long after the pup happily padded out the front door of the shelter, Animal Care Centers of New York City posted the smiling pup’s photo with his new mom:

“Check out Hank! He’s spending his first night with his new family. Many thanks to Sav-a-Bull for making this wonderful connection!,” the shelter announced.

But, but, but…. on Sunday evening, October 29, Hank’s photo and status reappeared on the city’s euthanasia list. An advocate posted Hank’s status:

“FRIENDS – I HAVE A HEARTBREAKING UPDATE! OUR BELOVED HANK WAS FOUND AS A ‘STRAY’ on 10/19/17! He touched so many hearts and had so many people wanting to adopt him, but some uncaring irresponsible POS betrayed his trust and threw him on the streets. He is not back on death row yet. But he caged at the worst high kill slaughter house in NYC – Manhattan.”

It had been on March 22, when the Pet Rescue Report originally shared his story. Part of Hank’s interaction stated:

Volunteer says Rachel Bennett: “I have spent time with Hank and he has the grumpy dog look down pat. But he’s really such a sweet, happy boy who loves treats and attention. He seems very house trained and according to his notes does better with female dogs or should be the only dog in the home.”

Another volunteer wrote: “He loves back scratches, and being spoken to and responds happily to the smallest attentions. Hank seems house trained and knows the commands “sit” and “give paw” and will eagerly do both for a treat. Hank is such a character it’s hard not to fall in love with him.”

Click here for Hank’s latest adoption listing from the Manhattan . Follow his Facebook page here and here.

Publicly adoptable dogs can be reserved via if you can get to the NYC ACC “in person” within 48 hours to complete the adoption process and bring home your dog. More information can be found at the link. Shelter contact information:
Phone number (212) 788-4000


Read previous articles here:

Innocence of a dog and his stuffed toy as he faces death row in hours

Update on Hank: Dog holding his toy facing death at NYC shelter

Share Hank’s plight with friends, family, approved rescue organizations and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Yes, Hank was betrayed, but his life can be spared. Dogs listed on “death row” only have a few hours to be rescued.

“Hello, my name is Hank
My animal id is #10234
I am a desexed male gray dog at the
Manhattan Animal Care Center
The shelter thinks I am about 1 years old, 50 lbs
Came in shelter as a stray Oct. 19, 2017

Hank is at risk due to being diagnosed with Canine Upper respiratory Disease Complex. He will most likely will require in home care with antibiotics and is contagious to other dogs. He received an Experience behavior determination.

Let’s get to know each other a bit more…

Another volunteer writes: He’s so gorgeous I can’t resist him, and when he gives me a gentle kiss, I get weak in the knees. And to top it off, he’s a great sport about putting on a too-small caterpillar outfit, ready for Halloween. You seriously have to love this big handsome dog as a caterpillar! Hank is stunning, he sits, shakes paw, loves to cuddle, and loves to make friends. Although he always wears his ‘serious’ face, underneath that stoic outside is a heart pounding with love. He loves to hang with his person and is hoping that person finds him today. Come meet him today, you’ll be so glad you did.”

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(Photos and video of dog betrayed again via Julia Carner, Facebook, NYC ACC and Must Love Dogs)

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34 replies
  1. maxiemom says:

    I hope that GD BITCH who adopted him really suffers in every way possible. As many people as there were out there who would have adopted Hank, that evil POS should have let them do so instead of taking him, only to throw him out so it could come to this.

  2. Darla Lamoreaux says:

    Can someone please contact Rescue Dogs Rock they are right there in NY, maybe they can help. I don’t know how to share, if someone can tell me how i’ll share with RDR to help save this adorable betrayed dog again. He doesn’t deserve this.

  3. Christine Brown says:

    OMFG i can’t believe this why adopt a dog and keep him for a while then kick him out of the house to become a stray on the streets.Now Hank waiting to be put down humanely.
    This so called person needs a good slapping in doing this.
    I hope and pray that he will find another place to live and stay there permanently this time.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers Hank.
    Karma will get her revenge on this so called person i guarantee it BITCH

  4. Adrienne says:

    What was the reason why he was returned by the POS who adopted him? How can people do this to a dog without giving them time and finding out what they can do to keep him? Most dogs, even the friendliest ones, need time to acclimate to their new home and should have time and patience to do that. They will have little quirks that you wouldn’t have seen in the care center, but can dealt with quickly. New dogs in a home may even growl or try to snap at their new owner in the new & strange home. Very common for some dogs until they truly feel safe, or they could have an ear infection, which our dog had when we got her from the MACC in April. Besides having the cone on her neck due to being spayed, she also had (without the shelter telling us), and full blown ear infection in both ears. Couldn’t touch her head area because of that and the cone,plus she was horribly matted, had tear stains under her eyes that had caked on and basically needed grooming. Well, 6 months later, we have a wonderful dog who follows us around, lets me brush her teeth, clean her face every day as well as brush her.Now I just keep up with her ears so an infection doesn’t develop (some dogs are very prone to ear infections). You have to get you guy/gal use to you,your home, and what is expected of them in their new home/routine. Pray that Hank gets adopted again and hopefully by someone who may have been interested in him before.
    Wish these shelters had access to trainers for new adopters to get initial help at minimal cost.

  5. Barkley's Mom says:

    So where is the “loving” new Mom that adopted him, is she being charged with abandonment? Prayers he finds a “real” loving home and gets out before they euthanize him! Sharing in New York

  6. Marlene Pangrac says:

    Pleading for a caring do lover to save
    SWEET HANK!!! Call the shelter at 212-788-4000 to Foster or Adopt this gorgeous boy!! He loves to cuddle and
    have his ears rubbed. He is housebroken
    and loves to play!! Fostering HANK will save his life and it doesn’t have to last forever!!! Please help save him!!! You can
    call and tell the shelter to hold him for you!! Open 12 to 8 today. 2336 Linden Blvd., Brooklyn, NY 100029. You can adopt or foster if you are 4 hrs. From the shelter. He deserves love and a warm caring person to be his hero today!! Keep sharing and pledging $25 to a Rescue.
    Pleading for a caring forever home for HANK!! All the volunteers love him!!!????????????????????????????????????????????????

  7. Nancy Raymond says:

    There are no shelters in New York City – there are only death camps – Hank deserves a hell of a lot better than to be treated like a piece of trash who was adopted by a piece of human trash – all the people who would have given him a safe loving home were denied – no way do I believe that Manhattan Animal Hell Hole did much of anything to ensure Hank a safe home – they just wanted him out – now he is back and they want to kill him ASAP – PLEASE some kind person who wanted Hank in the first place step up and save him – HE is the innocent victim in the garbage politics of NYC shelters and a piss poor adopter who needs their face slapped with a 2×4.

    • DS says:

      NYC only cares about money, fame and more money. Animals, the poor and anything not connected to wealth, status and upper class they want nothing to do with. It’s sad. The class system is alive and well in NYC.

  8. Helen says:

    I can’t believe this happened. Will share on FB. Send a plea to Rescue Dog Rocks, NYC or Badass Rescue in Brooklyn. I would take Hank if my condo complex allowed me to have a third dog. It appears Hank has kennel cough and should go to a Foster with no dogs for at least two weeks, while his infection is being treated. I hope it’s not too late. I pray for Hank’s rescue. Please do not kill this wonderful dog.

  9. Me' says:

    Whoever adopted him should be arrested for animal endangerment and abandonment and anything else that she can be charged with. Her name should be published where she can’t destroy another dogs life.

  10. Red says:

    Go after the witch that adopted him and HOLD HER RESPONSIBLE!!! BUT PLEASE do not murder this beauty!! There has to be someway to help him!


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