Dumped! 16-years-old and ‘you leave me at the shelter to die’

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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.”


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:

15 replies
  1. paula calabrese says:

    i really hope that this baby finds a forever home heartless people i can understand how people can just give up on a pet like this i had a shitzoo who was 13 yrs od i never gave up on non of my pets…

  2. dianaroby02 says:

    Pleas watch Lia’s video. Sure, she’s old, but so am I. She deserves the chance to live the rest of her life in a home surrounded by love, no matter how long she has. She might surprise you and live a few more years until her life comes to a natural end. She needs a foster home, pledges and a rescue group to help her find her furever retirement home. Please share her Facebook page to help.

  3. Helen says:

    Is this the shelter that kills dogs within 18 hrs and they want $200 for an adoption fee with $150 for a refund if given proof for spay or neutered?!!!!! Not much time you POS’S shelter!

  4. Gail Calhoun says:

    I adore older dogs! I hope there are updates to this and the rest of all the postings about the seniors especially

  5. Barkley's Mom says:

    This seems to be the normal any more, you don’t want you elderly pet, dump them in the nearest shelter and let them deal with them. Obviously there is no worry or care what happens to them. I look at my aging 12 year old German Shepherd and can’t imagine what I will do when something does happen to him. I’m so sorry Lia, I hope you find love and happiness for your final days.

  6. Kathleen Drude says:

    Another senior dumped at a kill
    Shelter reason given health problems! In my world you adopt a pet or buy a pet you have that pet until they die! This is a promise made at the time you get your pet! It’s not written down anywhere, but judging from the way things are in this place and time when everything is disposable they are too! The odds of this little one being adopted are very slim! Will she die in this place I wish I could say no!

  7. Cynthia Como says:

    I’m almost afraid to ask….is there an update on Lia? I somehow missed this post and am just seeing it today. I’ll never never ever understand how u can have a dog for so many years and just abandon it to the closest kill shelter. Lia’s owners never loved her,not for a minute! This is not love!


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