Update: No one came for Luna. She was killed, unloved and alone. Another New York dog who was sweet and affectionate, killed.
Luna faces death today because her family failed her. She had the potential to be a great family member — she loved the family children and their cat. She followed the dad everywhere and was perfectly housebroken. But today she waits at a high kill shelter in New York City for her appointment with the needle of death.
Volunteers are both heartbroken and furious that Luna is going to die. Her family got her as a puppy from a pet store, but they never bothered to take her to obedience school. As a result, they never learned (or bothered) to teach her how to listen, they never bothered to socialize her, and they never taught their children to respect Luna’s space. By never training her, they practically guaranteed her failure.
Too many dogs are abandoned at shelters because those who should have been the responsible ones shirked their duty. In schools, children hear the message “respect yourself, others and your school,” but at home too many parents never teach children to respect the animals. Stupidly, some parents allow their children to sit on dogs, pull their ears, poke their eyes, and then — when the dog responds to the cruelty as any dog might — they are dumped at a shelter to die.
When the children in Luna’s family grabbed her face while she was waiting for a treat, she nipped them. And these children were not toddlers who might not know better — they were eight and twelve years old when Luna came into their family. When Luna began guarding her food, the family — stupidly — never bothered to teach her not to. And if they didn’t know how to teach their dog behavior, they also never bothered to go to a trainer to find out. They let her behavior continue unchecked until they finally shut her in the kitchen behind a baby gate. They even stopped taking her outside and left her in the small space with pee pads.
Luna respected the gate and never tried to jump over it, but she began to shred the pee pads. Luna is a American Cattle Dog and Sharpei mix. She needs exercise and to be cooped up in a small area must have been torture for her. Herding dogs need to have a purpose and to be able to run — Luna was denied those instinctual needs.
So now Luna, sweet, affectionate and loving, is going to be killed. Today. While she immediately loves some people, she also immediately does not like others. Again, Luna was never trained to accept new people. One person in the family, the owner’s sister, did manage to win Luna over by feeding her treats, but no one else ever bothered. Because she rarely left her home, she is not fearful and terrified at the shelter.
Luna was also not socialized around dogs so while she loves cats, not much is known about how she would react to dogs. When she sees dogs outside, she runs away. Luna is only four years old. She occasionally gets ear infections (again, her owners never bothered to keep her ears clean).
Luna loves to play with balls, stuffed toys and rope toys. She is house trained when taken on walks (and not expected to use pee pads). Now she is terrified at the shelter. She had lived with her family for her whole life and is not used to changes. Because of her neglected background and behavior, the shelter has said that Luna can only be saved by a rescue. A foster offer might save her life. This is truly a dog who was failed by her humans.
Luna is ID#A1002270. She is located at the Manhattan branch of New York Animal Care and Control. To save her an interested foster must fill out applications with at least three New Hope rescues immediately. New Hope rescues are those that work with the shelter to pull dogs. You can also email mustlovedogsNYC@gmail.com for guidance and assistance. There is more information on how to save Luna on her Facebook thread.
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