It’s true that life gets hectic sometimes. You hurtle through your day without pausing or looking around you, because you just need to get stuff done.
And normally, that’s OK. But sometimes, simply looking up can save a life. Literally.
That was what happened in a crowded Brooklyn subway station one day. Commuters and tourists alike walked right past a lonely and frightened dog tethered to a handrail. She was all alone with nothing but a nasty pronged collar around her neck and a garbage bag nearby, possibly as a sort of makeshift “bed.”
Subways, though, are strange places because with so many people, really anything can happen, from impromptu performances to daring rescues. And while someone had cruelly abandoned a dog and more people had shamefully ignored her, one person stepped forward to make sure this dog’s life was saved.
That person was Sarah Borok, who was coming home from work. But even after a long day, she knew she had to do something. She called the police and waited with the dog until they came.
The dog was transported to Mr. Bones & Co., a rescue organization in Brooklyn, where she was named Betsey, and she got a new lease on life.
This was the sight that greeted Sarah Borok on her way home from work through Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue subway station.
Someone simply left this dog here, all alone.
Backyard breeding and the subsequent dumping of ‘throwaway mamas’ is an epidemic in every city, particularly major cities like ours (NYC). This is the face of just one of thousands who are cast aside when they are no longer of use to their owner. Her name is BETSEY.
Abandoned in the Atlantic Terminal subway station in Brooklyn last week with only a prong collar, pink leash and garbage bag to lay on, Betsey had been tied up for over an hour before someone finally took action. After realizing this dog had been dumped, passerby Sarah Borok called the NYPD, who then contacted Animal Care & Control to have her picked up.
Sarah shared BESTEY’s story, hoping for rescue to step in and visited her at Brooklyn AC&C the following day. When Sarah reached out to us for help, despite an incoming family of ten dogs and the sudden return of two others to our program, we were compelled to step in, not only for Betsey, but because of Sarah’s compassion and her decision to not be like hundreds of other strangers who just walked by a dog in distress.
Betsey is learning what it’s like to live in a home for what may be the first time with her temporary foster mom Heather Wopat. Her tired body tells the story of years living in neglect, bred multiple times, likely confined to a crate and possibly even a life outside exposed to all the elements. Betsey has pressure sores on most of her joints, overgrown nails embedded with dirt and dark stains throughout her poorly cared for coat. She has a growth inside of her right eye that we will address ASAP this week, along with all of her other medical needs, and a spay. Betsey has been affectionate and friendly with each person she has met, and eagerly wags her tail at each dog that passes by. We will share more about her personality as we get to know her.
Sadly, Betsey is one of many, but a rare lucky one who gets a chance at salvation. Countless female dogs like her die before they can find rescue. They die because people still buy puppies on Craiglist, from strangers on the street sharing fake stories about ‘accidental’ litters, and from absolute morons who believe they can buy a ‘purebred’ Pit Bull puppy (Pit Bulls are a mix, by definition, a classification used to describe the way a dog looks, not a breed).
Reporting backyard breeding or activity you suspect may be cruel or neglectful (and often times illegal), and stepping up when you see a dog who appears to be abandoned can have life saving ramifications, not only for that dog, but for the community you live in. Setting an example for children is vital to changing the future state of animal welfare. Education is the most effective way to make change happen.
BETSEY IS STILL IN NEED OF AN ADOPTIVE HOME preferably in a quiet suburban environment with other social dogs she can learn from. The city is understandably very overwhelming for her and we want to set her up for success. Betsey needs a patient adopter who can work with her on house & crate training. To apply to adopt Betsey, please complete the application here: http://mrbonesandco.org/adoption-application/
Thank you to Jessica Mejia for transporting Betsey, and to Christina and David Montani for donating a brand new crate and bed to this most deserving dog!
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to our 501c3 nonprofit to help with Betsey’s medical care costs, you can do so through this link http://mrbonesandco.org/donate/ or via PayPal to [email protected]
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Posted by Mr. Bones & Co. and Rescue the Runway on Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Borok took this video before calling the police.
“It was determined that she had been there for at least an hour and nobody had called the cops or animal control,” said Marisa Grimshaw from Mr. Bones & Co. animal rescue.
“So we can only imagine how many people walked past her — and I’m sure didn’t think it was normal but also didn’t feel compelled to stop and help her.”
Luckily for the dog, though, Borok did stop, and she waited until police arrived to take her to a shelter, and to her new life.
From what they could tell, the dog, who was named Betsey, was only about 2 years old, but had already given birth to several litters of puppies.
Based on her overgrown nails and the pressure sores on her joints, she was likely living in a cramped cage. And she was dirty, too, so clearly her life had not been an easy one.
The rescuers assume that she was likely used to breed puppies that would then be sold.
She referred to Betsey as a “throwaway mama,” a dog who is bred repeatedly and then discarded.
Even though they were busy, Mr. Bones & Co. took Betsey in right away, cleaned her up, and gave her a checkup.
Betsey then spent what was probably her first safe, comfortable night with Borok, where she seemed exhausted, but in good spirits.
While at the shelter, Grimshaw also reported that although she was timid, Betsey seemed at relative ease with the other dogs, so she has high hopes that Betsey will have no behavioral problems.
Betsey is still looking for a laid-back forever home where she can learn to just be a dog again.
You can also check out Mr. Bones & Co. on their website, Facebook, and Instagram, and consider donating.
Borok, meanwhile, urges everyone to SHARE Betsey’s story. “Please always stop for animals,” she posted on Facebook. “Stop and think about how they feel, what they might need, how you can be their voice. There is always something you can do.”
[H/T: The Dodo]