Dumped! Lia just wanted to be loved. Thought to be 16-years-old, and at a time when a hug, a kiss and a soft bed could make all the difference in the world for a gentle 9-pound Shih Tzu in the sunset of her life, her owners instead decided to surrender her to Manhattan’s facility of New York City Animal Care Centers.
“My name is LIA. My Animal ID # is A1122844.
I am a female gray shih tzu mix. The shelter thinks I am about 16 YEARS old. I came in the shelter as a OWNER SUR on 08/21/2017 from NY 10455, owner surrender reason stated was PET HEALTH.”
And as angry as animal advocates are, it’s not the shelter’s fault. Overcrowding, age and Lia’s medical status have brought her to Wednesday’s list of dogs to die this afternoon by humane euthanasia. Where is her family? Doesn’t Lia deserve to be held by her owner and gently stroked telling her she was a good dog all of her life? Doesn’t Lia deserve to live out her days if so inclined?
Check out her profile as detailed by the shelter:
“08/21/17 18:08 Basic Information Lia is a 16 year old gray small breed dog. Her owner brought her in for the pet’s health. Socialization Lia is friendly around strangers, she play really well with other small dogs. She plays gently with children, and adults. Behavior Lia enjoys being brushed and bathed. For new family Her previous owner described Lia as friendly and outgoing. She loves to lay around and watch tv with you all day long. She enjoys being brushed and bathed.”
As to Lia’s physical conditions – she’s old; does advanced age warrant a death sentence?
“O.D. suspect blind cannot assess anterior or posterior chambers due to chronic disease: rule out KCS, ears clean, no nasal discharge noted Oral Exam: periodontal disease/gingivitis/oligodontia PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: female MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, poor coat, severely matted all 4 paws. CNS: mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities Assessment: geriatric female small breed, chronic ophthalmic disease: rule out KCS vs other. matted hair coat, periodontal disease. Plan: finish grooming matts from feet consider ophthalmic consultation consider periodontal therapy Prognosis: fair SURGERY: too old for surgery.”
TO ADOPT THIS ANIMAL THROUGH THE PUBLIC ADOPTION SITE, PLEASE GO TO NYCACC.ORG/PublicAtRisk.htm AND SCROLL DOWN TO BOTTOM TO LOG IN AND RESERVE THE ANIMAL. THERE WILL BE A $202 DEPOSIT REQUIRED. $150 WILL BE REFUNDED ONCE PROOF OF SPAY/NEUTER IS SUPPLIED.☆★
For more information on adopting from the NYC AC&C, or to find a rescue to assist, please read the following: http://urgentpodr.org/adoption-info-and-list-of-rescues.
You can call (212) 788-4000 for automated instructions.
Lia can be adopted by anyone. Please share her plight with friends, family, approved rescue organizations and social media contacts. She only has a few hours left to nibble on treats. Sharing saves lives.
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(Photos and video of dumped Lia via NYC ACC volunteers and staff)
Check out her video – sure doesn’t look like a little old lady who is ready to die: