A puppy’s final moments: Shelter ‘misfit’ hung his head when nobody came

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Rudolph is barely out of “puppyhood”, but on Saturday afternoon the Manhattan facility of New York Animal Care Centers will end his life. Deemed as a shelter “misfit” there were no presents under the tree awaiting an exciting Christmas morning. There was no warm fire place to snuggle near and although the weather has been frightful, no snowflakes were to be felt on his tongue as he played outside with a loving family.

This young dog leaves the world today wondering what he did wrong. An attendant will lead him down a quiet hall, and within moments a life once full of promise and love will forever be gone.

A volunteer familiar with this pup had this to offer:

“Rudolf looks like a little choir boy in his kennel. He is so gorgeous and angelic looking.He likes caresses, a scratch on his nose and takes duck jerkies gently from my fingers. Outside, though, he pulls , jumps, runs, twirls and plays like he was the only ballerina on stage, one that was not trained at the New City Ballet…He can sit(briefly) for a treat or a ball or a toy, his eyes full of excitement, his tail wagging but springs quickly into his Jack in the Box outfit…Yes, our Rudolf is full of life and needs some curbing to have his enthusiasm channeled into activities dog and owner can fully enjoy together. If you are an active owner and feel that Rudolf would make the ideal pupil for you to train and build into a state of the art pet.”

Sadly, it may be a crime to be an active puppy unlucky enough to have arrived at the Manhattan shelter. Judge for yourself as you watch the video as an animal control officer engages in puppy frolic. Sure Rudolph needs manners, but…

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“Estimated to be 12 mos old, 70 lbs
Large Mixed Breed Cross, WHITE / BROWN MALE
My health has been checked.
My vaccinations are up to date.
My worming is up to date.
I have been microchipped.”

Upon intake, Rudolph was very high energy jumping on counselor and police. Pulling on leash and trying to smell everything. Allowed all handling. Summary:: Rudolph was active, social, and allowed handling. Recommendations:: No children (under 13)
Recommendations comments: No children: Due to the high level of jumping and mouthing seen at the care center, we recommend an adult only home.

Date of intake:: 12/24/2017

Spay/Neuter status:: No

Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Stray

Date of assessment:: 12/26/2017

HOW TO RESERVE A “TO BE KILLED” DOG ONLINE (only for those who can get to the shelter IN PERSON to complete the adoption process, and only for the dogs on the list NOT marked New Hope Rescue Only). Follow our Step by Step directions below!

Shelter contact information
Phone number (212) 788-4000
Email adoption@nycacc.org


STEP 1: CLICK ON THIS RESERVE LINK: https://newhope.shelterbuddy.com/Animal/List
Step 2: Go to the red menu button on the top right corner, click register and fill in your info.
Step 3: Go to your email and verify account
Step 4: Go back to the website, click the menu button and view available dogs
Step 5: Scroll to the animal you are interested and click reserve
Step 7: Fill in your credit card info and complete transaction Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC)nycacc.org

(Photos of Rudolph the misfit via Must Love Dogs and Julie Carner)

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18 replies
  1. Adrienne says:

    Look at that face! How could anyone or place kill this happy dog. Please help him-foster or adopt. Shouldn’t be killed.

  2. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    WTF!!! Why do you have to keep KILLING these innocent loving animals???? This is BULLSHIT and has to STOP!!!! There is ABSOLUTELY NO REASON why you have to keep KILLING!!!! SAVE THEM!!!

  3. Bunny Peters says:

    I am heartbroken for this treasure (& for all the wonderful treasures we never hear about) losing their lives because no one knew about their situation in time to help….. if this shelter advertised “critical” listings with more than a few hours notice of pending euthanasia, I think their euthanasia rates would decline….. or is that what the shelter managers want: more euthanized animals to sell to the rendering plants???????

    • Debbie says:

      Me too Sarah…..why do id they post this and nort give us time to look for him a foster or forever family….he is too beautiful……I pledge $10.00 tonight & hopefully others will follow.

  4. Barkley's Mom says:

    How heartbreaking, no rescue or savior coming and how sad “only for those who can get to the shelter IN PERSON need apply? Why wait until the day this poor baby will die to let us know. There should be other rules in place for a young dog like this, Rudolph is only a puppy and they make him sound like he is dangerous “recommend an adult only home”. Disgusting! Some of us don’t live close enough to “get to the shelter”!

  5. Nancy Raymond says:

    The ONLY misfits in NYCACC and its affiliates are Risa Weinstock and Malloy – and along with the so called ‘evaluators’ (who could not evaluate a trip to the bathroom) they discriminate as to which animal is worthy of being put up for adoption AND if it is a pit bull you can be damn well assured they will NEVER get a chance – 18 hours and they kill them – this place is NO shelter is an Auschwitz for Animals.

  6. Betty For pits says:

    He is safe but how many or that is just like him that get killed my this New York Shelter
    They can post as many 10 to 15 dogs daily to be kill the next day
    and never mind how many Cats and Kittens
    Shame on you New York and the people that give them to kill shelters
    You as a owner take your dogs or cats to these places
    Just stick the needles in them. You are the one that kill them because this kind of shelter don’t give a shit how many they kill


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