Murphy the Lab set up to fail: Today he is slated to die

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Murphy, a neutered brown and white Labrador retriever – barely two-years-old is scheduled to die at 1:00 Tuesday afternoon at the Brooklyn Center’s New York City Animal Care Center. Let down terribly by humans, every bone in his back is visible, and there’s so much more to this young dog’s story:

“Here we go again! You can see every bone protruding through his thin layer of skin, clearly starving and left alone with a child and peanut butter filled Kong, who tried to take it out of his mouth! Then this child was allowed to scream in his face and grab his collar to push him off the couch! But he was also failed by NYCACC who adopted him to a family in the first place (4 and 6 yr old children) who had NO CLUE about the responsibility that goes along with owning a dog,” explained a shelter volunteer.

Sadly, Murphy was set up to fail. He had just been adopted three weeks prior, but to a family who had no experience with dogs nor did his new family teach their new dog how to interact with very active children. Indeed, Murphy was sweet, wiggly, friendly and affectionate, but the playful pup hadn’t been taught any manners; nor were the children taught how to respect a dog’s space – at least until he acclimated to his family.

Most likely given the proper introductions, Murphy would have been a perfect partner and would not be on today’s list to die. A volunteer offers the following observation:

“You don’t let children hang on them, pull things out of their mouth or in this case ‘scream’ in the poor dogs face and order them off the sofa! Murphy was probably VERY confused and freaked out. Let’s face it, the bottom line was that Murphy was not set up to ‘win.” And he is so darn lovable, and has a sterling resume of skills too. He deserved a wonderful family who understand ‘new pet basics.’ Murphy is house trained, crate trained, well behaved home alone. He was relaxed and respectful with these children, ages 4 and 6. He would jump on visitors to give them a kiss. And he was a good boy on walks – never pulling on his leash. He even knew ‘sit’ and ‘come.’ He’s even respectful of other dogs. He got stellar scores on his safer, and he’s an all around good boy. Please don’t let the failure of his adoptive parent mean the end of his life.”

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Reference A1122261. Share this dog’s plight with friends, family and social media contacts. Murphy is listed as “rescue only” because of his past experience. Dogs are not toys. Someone should have known better. Sharing saves lives.

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20 replies
  1. Pamela Garlisch says:

    I fault the shelter system, sometimes they are so anxious to adopt out a dog that they will let anyone adopt and just take the chance. It’s not fair to the dog or the adopting family. We also need more no kill shelters in this country! I know it’s not an easy job but the rewards are great! Come on people advocate!

    • Carol says:

      I agree with you, but most people don’t value animals. This family clearly did not value Murphy. He was starving and they let their children torment him. The parents are assholes raising two more.

  2. Bunny Peters says:

    I have room and could foster this treasure
    It’s heartbreaking that I am in CA, with an orchard that this treasure would love……

    I hope he survives the shelter and finds a new furever home where he will be a beloved and treasured family member……..


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