TO BE KILLED – 3/9/2019
For 10 years his life was perfect. For ten years he basked in the love of his parent, the parent he adored and who adored him in return. They were best friends, and of course, RALPH built his world around this person. And then, suddenly, his parent died. And in that single moment, his Ralph’s life was changed forever. Gone was the only home he’d ever known, his familiar and comfortable routine, the bed he slept in next to his parent, the lovely, long days of happiness. Now he is confused, and rightfully scared. But despite it all, he has tried so hard to reach out, to come out of his shell, and to make friends. As a staff member writes: “It's hard to know what to say about Ralph. Brought to us over night, due to his owners death, Roger has been aloof. At first, he would not engage when approached by a staff member, if pushed, he would growl and show teeth. He now comes to the front and will take treats, but he still protests in coming out of the kennel.” Kennels are scary places if you’ve never seen or known one. Barking and growling and lunging dogs, strangers and strange smells, and over all – that smell of death. Ralph just needs the safety and comfort of a family home again, Can you give him back his life? If you are an experienced foster or adopter in an adult only home, please hurry and PM our page or email us at MustLoveDogsNYC@gmail.com to foster or adopting him now.
RALPH, ID# 56027, 10 Yrs. Old, 63.6 lbs, Unaltered Male
Manhattan ACC, Large Mixed Breed, Brown
Surrender Reason: His owner died.
Shelter Assessment Rating: New Hope Rescue Only
Medical Behavior Rating: 3. Yellow
AT RISK MEMO: Ralph is at risk, new hope only determination, for behavioral and medical reasons. Ralph has exhibited distance increasing behaviors while at the care center including growling at and retreating from interaction. Ralph has allowed for only minimal handling and would be bet suited for placement with a new hope rescue partner that can provide gradual behavior modification. Medically, Ralph is a senior dog with several underlying conditions including masses, a hernia, and hematuria, all of which are recommended for further diagnosis and veterinary care.
INTAKE NOTES – DATE OF INTAKE, 3/1/2019: No handling was done by admissions during intake, Rock was brought in by ART team.
SHELTER ASSESSMENT NOTES: Ralph has growled and barked when his kennel is approached, and has escalated to more intense growling and barking when attempts are made to open his kennel. As he has been unable to be removed from his kennel, he is not a good candidate for a handling assessment at this time.
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR - Date of initial:: 3/1/2019
Summary:: Sedated for exam due to behavior
ENERGY LEVEL:: We have no history on Ralph so we cannot be certain of his behavior in a home environment.
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS: Ralph has displayed distance increasing behaviors while in his kennel (growling, backing away). He has yet to warm up to handlers to allow touch. However, he has become more comfortable engaging with handlers through the kennel doors by coming up to the door, accepting enrichment and treats. When removed from his kennel, he continues to growl, and on occasion, hard stare at handlers.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: New Hope Only
Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Place with a New Hope partner
Recommendations comments:: Ralph has growled and barked at handlers, not allowing handling at the care center. For this reason, we recommend an adult only home. Ralph has not acclimated well to the kennel environment and has allowed only minimal handling since intake. 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: Fearful/potential for defensive aggression
Potential challenges comments:: Ralph has growled and barked at handlers, not allowing handling at the care center. Please see handout on Fearful/potential for defensive aggression.
MEDICAL EXAM NOTES
DVM Intake Exam Estimated age: 10 Microchip noted on Intake? n Microchip Number (If Applicable): n History: Surrender b/c owner deceased Subjective: BARH Observed Behavior : very fearful, tense, whale eyeing - chemical restraint for safety - 0.6 ml Dexmeditomidine; 0.4 ml Butorphanol IM - full reversal 0.6 ml antisedan Evidence of Cruelty seen -n Evidence of Trauma seen -n Objective T = - P = wnl R = wnl BCS = 5/9 EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted Oral Exam: canines worn, calculus 3/5, pd 2/5 PLN: Right popliteal - 4 cm wide H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: Two descended testicles - Peri- anal hernia - reducible - 5 cm diamter MSI: Multiple masses - Two firm round circumscribed SQ mass (2 cm diameter) on the right cranial biceps brachialis and right quadriceps - One firm circumscribed mass (5cm) embedded caudal to the right gastrocnemius - ddx - Enlarged popliteal lymph node - One soft round SQ mass in the prepuce Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities Rectal: externally normal Submit radiographs to Idexx for confirm/rule out the presence of soft tissue masses in the caudal mediastinum Assessment: 1 - SQ Masses - rule out benign vs neoplastic causes - recommend FNA or Biopsy 2 - Mass caudal to the gastrocnemius mass - rule out enlarged popliteal lymph node (lymphoma vs reactive lymph node from infection vs other) vs mass (neoplastic/benign) 2 - Peri-anal hernia 3 - Dental disease Moderate 4 - Hematuria - rule out UTI In house - Abdominal and Thoracic radio-graphs - No cystoliths seen submitted to Idexx for Met Check - Empirical tx for UTI - Clavamox 375mg BID PO for 14 days SURGERY: Permanent Waiver due to age Adopters/New Hope + Recommend Biopsies/FNA of Masses to develop a definitive diagnosis + Recommend urinalysis if hematuria does not resolve - could not perform in house due to bladder being empty while sedated and due to behavior
[Spay/Neuter Waiver - Age] It is the policy of ACC not to perform surgery on any animal over the age of 8-10 years due to the higher risks incurred in a shelter setting. The veterinarian is hereby issuing a permanent spay/neuter waiver, from the spay/neuter requirements of the City of NY due to the estimated age of this animal. ACC does recommend you consult with your veterinarian to determine if surgical sterilization is appropriate.
IDEXX RADIOGRAPHIC REVIEW FINDINGS: Cardiovascular structures appear normal in size and shape. No focal pulmonary infiltrates or nodular soft tissue opacities are seen. No pleural effusion or lymphadenopathy is apparent. The overall bronchointerstitial opacity of the lungs appears normal despite suspected age-related change and incomplete pulmonary expansion. Narrowing of the trachea through the thoracic inlet is visible in the lateral projection. The liver, spleen and left kidney appear normal in size and shape; the right kidney is obscured by surrounding soft tissues. The impression of splenic enlargement, seen in the VD projection, is suspected to be the result of positioning of a normal spleen. No GI abnormalities are seen. The stomach is empty except for gas. A large amount of firm stool is seen in the colon. The urinary bladder is partially filled and normal in shape. Smooth prostatic enlargement consistent with benign hypertrophy is seen. Serosal detail is good. Moderate lumbosacral spondylosis is noted, but is probably not clinically significant. The hips cannot be evaluated in this study. The thorax appears normal. No gross metastatic disease or other focal pulmonary abnormalities are seen. Intermittent tracheal collapse is possible, but may not be clinically significant. No abnormalities are seen in the abdomen except for probable benign prostatic hypertrophy which is a typical finding in intact male dogs. RECOMMENDATIONS: None based on this study.
IDEXX CBC CHEM ALL VALUES UNREMARKABLE
*** TO FOSTER OR ADOPT ***
RALPH IS RATED NEW HOPE 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 he 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. Some dogs with Level 1 determinations may still have potential challenges, but these are challenges that the behavior team believe can be handled by the majority of adopters. The potential challenges could include no young children, prefers to be the only dog, no dog parks, no cats, kennel presence, basic manners, low level fear and mild anxiety.
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 a Level 2 determination may have multiple potential challenges and these may be presenting at differing levels of intensity, so careful consideration of the behavior notes will be required for counselling. Potential challenges at Level 2 include no young children, single pet home, resource guarding, on-leash reactivity, mouthiness, fear with potential for escalation, impulse control/arousal, anxiety and separation anxiety.
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. In many cases, a trainer will be needed to manage and work on the behaviors safely in a home environment. It is likely that every dog with a Level 3 determination will have a behavior modification or training plan available to them from the behavior department that will go home with the adopters and be made available to the New Hope Partners for their fosters and adopters. Some of the challenges seen at Level 3 are also seen at Level 1 and Level 2, but when seen alongside a Level 3 determination can be assumed to be more severe. The potential challenges for Level 3 determinations include adult only home (no children under the age of 13), single pet home, resource guarding, on-leash reactivity with potential for redirection, mouthiness with pressure, potential escalation to threatening behavior, impulse control, arousal, anxiety, separation anxiety, bite history (human), bite history (dog) and bite history (other).
New Hope Rescue Only
Dog is not publicly adoptable. Prospective fosters or adopters need to fill out applications with New Hope Partner Rescues to save this dog.