Toto: No days to lick at the wind nor a time to play

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On July 25, Toto was brought to the New York City Animal Care Center in Brooklyn. The one-year-old black and brown Rottweiler mix had been struck by a car resulting in a severe pelvic fracture. Despite his pain, Toto allowed all handling. Toto had not been able to stand without assistance, and even though he seemed to have been well cared for, no one came to the shelter to claim him. With surgery,  the shelter has listed his prognosis as “fair,” however the shelter was unable to afford the expensive orthopedic surgery and follow-up rehabilitation for Toto. On Friday evening, Toto was therefore placed on the euthanasia list.

“TOTO – A1119689 – Brooklyn – Rescue Only

When volunteers reached out to Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC for one last hope in order to save the life of the sweet puppy, Stacey agreed. At 3:00 p.m. Toto was rescued and transported immediately to the organization’s partner specialty veterinarian. Just days later came the tragic news no one wanted to hear.

On Wednesday morning, the devastating results of Toto’s diagnosis was shared:

“After a battery of X-rays and diagnostic tests performed and a consult and exam by a renowned board certified orthopedist, it has been determined that Toto’s spine is severed; leaving him paralyzed and unable to urinate on his own . He also suffered 3 pelvic fractures, his hip is out of its socket and one of his legs is severely damaged. His anal gland nerves are completely non functioning and have no chance at rejuvenating, leaving Toto’s back end paralyzed and unable to go to the bathroom on his own,” Stacey wrote on the group’s Facebook page.

Sadly, Toto was not a candidate for “wheels” as he would have need a catheter in place to drain his urine for the rest of his life. It was then determined by the staff and Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, that Toto would have no quality of life and would continue to suffer in his debilitated state.

“The decision to put Toto to sleep was not an easy choice to make, and this young and beautiful dog deserved better. Toto was surrounded by caring people who held him tight before he passed over,” Stacey wrote. “Rest In peace Toto.  Your life mattered.”

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  1. It is a shame to have such a young life wasted through no fault of His own. You were loved so run free and know we cared.

  2. Please help save toto he is in pain help him evil creeps who did this I hope they get run over & fractured & die please help doggie bg

  3. At least they tried, Toto was given a chance and I’m so sorry he couldn’t be helped. Rest in peace precious one, Thank you Rescue Dogs Rock NYC for helping and being there for him.

  4. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC would have done whatever they could for this sweet boy, but when their quality of life would not have provided him any comfort, this was the best way for him to go to the Rainbow Bridge. He went knowing he was loved and comforted at his final moments. He is free of all the pain he had in his short life. RIP Toto.

  5. So sorry för you Foto ???????? so sad ro reda ! Ran free Toto whit the other in Dogshaven ????????????????????????????❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  6. I am sad for Toto, bless you little one, I know you will be running free in Rainbow bridge. Your life did matter.

  7. BREAKS MY HEART!!!! I think the delay and handling didn’t help,but God Bless all that tried to help this beautiful magnificent dog! Nothing but tears now but the pain and suffering are over! This is devastating news! RIP BEAUTIFUL TOTO THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART RESCUE DOGS ROCK NYC I HAVE SO MUCH LOVE AND RESPECT FOR THIS RESCUE

  8. This is incredibly heart wrenching . Toto, am sorry you are gone; feel the love and freedom over the rainbow bridge. ….and god bless you, Stacy from rescue dogs rock. You are a beautiful soul and I admire you so much. Thank you for giving love before toto’s departure.


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