TO BE KILLED – 6/15/2019
He loved playing with other dogs, in fact, he had a ball! He adored an 8 year old child and they were always together, playing happily. Even the family cat loved SMOKEY and they were friends. So what happened? I mean, he’s perfect right? Well, yes, of course. He was an active, fun, exuberant puppy whose parent decided she no longer could "afford" him. She didn’t really spend any time getting him some puppy training, and he thinks his leash is a dandy tug-o-war toy, something that probably was cute when he was in his home and he was not stressed and he would get bored with in a minute, but now is suddenly a fixation on walks, because he is stressed, anxious and literally kicked to the curb by the only family he has ever known and loved. Face it, he’s a baby. He misses that child, his dog friends, and the family cat. We see this all the time and 99 percent of the time once these pups are given time to decompress in a structured home environment the leash tugging dissipates like an early morning mist. Smokey is a wonderful boy, a playful, fun, sweet boy. He just needs a committed family who will give him the time, structure, and skills that will make him perfect. He’s an unpolished diamond, just waiting to become a bright shining star in your experienced, capable hands. So please, hurry and message our page or email us at MustLoveDogsNYC@gmail.com for assistance fostering or adopting this gorgeous baby boy. He needs to go to an adult only home (children over Age 13 ok).
SMOKEY, ID# 65156, 1.5 Yrs. Old, 58.4 lbs, Unaltered Male
Manhattan ACC, Large Mixed Breed, Brindle
Owner Surrender Reason: Can’t afford to care for him
Shelter Assessment Rating: New Hope Rescue Only
Behavior Condition: 5. Red
AT RISK NOTE: Smokey has displayed a low threshold for arousal at the care center and has allowed for minimal handling. Smokey would be best suited for placement with a new hope partner that can provide the necessary behavior modification. Medically, Smokey has dental disease which may need further care.
INTAKE NOTE – DATE OF INTAKE, 6/7/2019: Upon intake Smokey was play-biting his leash and would not release. He finally released when I offered him a squeaky toy. He did not allow for handling and client had to scan for microchip, collar and place in the kennel.
OWNER SURRENDER NOTES – BASIC INFORMATION: Smokey previously lived with 2 adults and 1 child. Smokey’s parent stated that Smokey does not allow strangers to pet him and that he gets a little mouthy. Smokey was around an 8 year old child and they played well together. His parent stated that Smokey is very dog friendly and loves to play with all dogs. Smokey also does great with cats and had previously lived with one. Smokey does not guard his resources with his owner, but owner doesn’t know if he would do so with strangers. Smokey has no bite history. He is housetrained and has a high energy level. He has never had any medical issues.
SHELTER ASSESSMENT SUMMARY - Date of assessment: 6/11/2019
The previous owners report that Smokey doesn't allow handling by strangers and becomes mouthy. At the care center, Smokey began intensely leash biting and could not be safely handled on leash. While in his kennel, he displayed fearful behaviors when the leash was presented and retreated to the back of his kennel, growling at the handler. For all of these reasons, Smokey is not a safe candidate for a handling assessment at this time.
INTAKE BEHAVIOR - Date of intake:: 6/7/2019
Summary:: leash biting in a playful manner, didn't allow handling by staff
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR - Date of initial:: 6/8/2019
Summary:: snapping at leash, alligator rolling and thrashing, required sedation.
ENERGY LEVEL:: Smokey is described as having a high level of energy. He will need daily mental and physical activity to keep him engaged and exercised. We recommend long-lasting chews, food puzzles, and hide-and-seek games, in additional to physical exercise, to positively direct his energy and enthusiasm. We recommend feeding with puzzle feeders and food-dispensing toys. And we recommend only force-free, reward-based training techniques for Smokey.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: New Hope Only
Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Place with a New Hope partner
Recommendations comments:: No children: It is reported by the previous owners that Smokey does not allow handling by strangers and also becomes mouthy with people. At the care center, he has shown a low threshold for arousal and began intensely leash biting and was difficult to handle on leash. He also displayed potential for defensive aggression by growling at a handler in his kennel. For all of these reasons, we recommend an adult-only home for Smokey. Place with a New Hope partner: Smokey has allowed only minimal handling since intake due to his low threshold for arousal, leash biting, and potential for defensive aggression. We recommend placement with a New Hope partner who can provide any necessary behavior modification (force-free, positive reinforcement-based) and re-evaluate behavior in a stable home environment before placement into a permanent home.
Potential challenges: : Mouthiness/poor bite inhibition,Fearful/potential for defensive aggression,Leash-biting,Low threshold for arousal
Potential challenges comments:: Mouthiness/poor bite inhibition: The previous owners report that Smokey can become mouthy with people, especially around strangers. Please see handout on Mouthiness/poor bite inhibition. Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Smokey has displayed a potential for defensive aggression while in his kennel. When the leash was presented, he retreated to the back of his kennel and began growling at the handler. Please see handout on Fearful/potential for defensive aggression. Leash-biting: Upon intake at the care center, Smokey began intensely leash-biting and could not be safely handled on leash. These behaviors were also seen when a medical exam was attempted. Please see handout on Leash-biting. Low threshold for arousal: Smokey's intense leash-biting behaviors at the care center suggest a low threshold for arousal. Please see handout on Low threshold for arousal.
MEDICAL EXAM NOTES
DVM Intake Exam Estimated age: ~1.5yrs based on PE. Microchip noted on Intake? scanned positive. mc# 981020021128422 History : O surrender due to housing issues. P is MC positive Subjective / Observed Behavior - BAR in kennel, laying in kennel when approached. P snapping at leash and reaching higher toward handler's hand when attempting to leash. When leashed, P is alligator rolling and thrashing. P was sedated for examination and intake tasks. Evidence of Cruelty seen - none Evidence of Trauma seen - none Objective Sedated Exam BCS 5/9 EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted Oral Exam: dc 1/5; pd 1/5 ; full exam not performed due to muzzle in place. PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: No murmur ausculted; CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: intact male. testicles are smooth and symmetrical. MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat. small 2mm abrasion along the ventral chin, likely secondary to self trauma during thrashing CNS: Mentation appropriate when awake- no signs of neurologic abnormalities Rectal: externally normal. Assessment dental disease Prognosis: Overall general health, good. Plan: Needs behavioral evaluation due to high leash reactivity. sedated with telazol 1ml IM for exam, LVT tasks SURGERY: Okay for surgery
*** TO FOSTER OR ADOPT ***
SMOKEY IS RESCUE ONLY. You must fill out applications with New Hope Rescues to foster or adopt him. He cannot be reserved online at the ACC ARL, nor can hhe be direct adopted at the shelter. PLEASE HURRY AND MESSAGE OUR PAGE FOR ASSISTANCE!
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!
*PLEASE NOTE – YOU MUST USE A PC OR TABLET – PHONE RESERVES WILL NOT WORK! **
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 6 ( MOST IMPORTANT STEP ): GO TO THE MENU AGAIN AND VIEW YOUR CART. THE ANIMAL SHOULD NOW BE IN YOUR CART!
Step 7: Fill in your credit card info and complete transaction
HOW TO FOSTER OR ADOPT IF YOU *CANNOT* GET TO THE SHELTER IN PERSON, OR IF THE DOG IS NEW HOPE RESCUE ONLY!
You must live within 3 – 4 hours of NY, NJ, PA, CT, RI, DE, MD, MA, NH, VT, ME or Norther VA.
Please PM our page for assistance. You will need to fill out applications with a New Hope Rescue Partner to foster or adopt a dog on the To Be Killed list, including those labelled Rescue Only. Hurry please, time is short, and the Rescues need time to process the applications.
Shelter contact information
Phone number (212) 788-4000
Brooklyn Shelter: 2336 Linden Boulevard Brooklyn, NY 11208
Manhattan Shelter: 326 East 110 St. New York, NY 10029
Staten Island Shelter: 3139 Veterans Road West Staten Island, NY 10309
*** NEW NYC ACC RATING SYSTEM ***
Dogs with Level 1 determinations are suitable for the majority of homes. These dogs are not displaying concerning behaviors in shelter, and the owner surrender profile (where available) is positive.
Dogs with Level 2 determinations will be suitable for adopters with some previous dog experience. They will have displayed behavior in the shelter (or have owner reported behavior) that requires some training, or is simply not suitable for an adopter with minimal experience.
Dogs with Level 3 determinations will need to go to homes with experienced adopters, and the ACC strongly suggest that the adopter have prior experience with the challenges described and/or an understanding of the challenge and how to manage it safely in a home environment.