**** TO BE KILLED - 4/27/2019 ****
LIKE ALL NEWLY-ABANDONED POOCHES, Romeo is scared and unsure. But he just needs a little time, love and attention to warm up and come out of his shell. He's a scared boy who has lost everything and everyone he ever loved and just needs a chance with a true and committed family. Romeo is a very handsome boy with an amazing smile and we want to find him a home equally amazing. He lived with one adult and that's who he spent most of his time with but Romeo was great with visitors who had an infant. Whenever he spent time with the baby, Romeo was said to be respectful and gentle with him. Romeo sounds like a rockstar waiting to happen. We just need to get him into the right hands. Safe and loving hands. He's young and will need patience and training. All dogs rock, but a dog that knows he's safe and loved is AWESOME.
Hello, my name is Romeo
My animal id is #60653
I am a desexed male brindle dog at the
Manhattan Animal Care Center
The shelter thinks I am about 2 years old, 47 lbs
Came into shelter as owner surrender Apr. 21, 2019
Reason Stated: LANDLORD won't allow
Romeo is rescue only
Romeo is at risk, new hope only determination, for behavioral reasons. Romeo has not acclimated well to the care center and has remained fearful; lunging and barking at strangers and exhibiting on leash and barrier reactivity. Romeo would be best suited for placement with a new hope partner that can provide the necessary behavior modification. Medically, Romeo has a skin condition which may require follow up care, but otherwise seems healthy.
My medical notes are...
Weight: 47.7 lbs
Vet Notes 22/04/2019
DVM Intake Exam
Microchip noted on Intake?n
Microchip Number (If Applicable):
History :o surrender
Subjective:moth eaten coat
Observed Behavior -allows exam, accepts treats, wary of examiner, no wagging
Evidence of Cruelty seen -n
Evidence of Trauma seen -n
EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted
Oral Exam:clean teeth
PLN: No enlargements noted
H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic
ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated
U/G: neutered male
MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted,moth eaten coat on trunk
CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities
Plan:cephalexin 500mg bid x 10d
Details on my behavior are...
Behavior Condition: 2. Blue
During intake Romeo seemed very anxious. He barked at counselor until he was allowed to sniff her. he then became friendly and welcomed affection. When another staff member came into the room, Romeo hard barked and lunge at him. Romeo warmed up to another female staff member and also allowed affection from her. He remained anxious throughout the intake process.
Date of Intake: 4/21/2019
Spay/Neuter Status: Neutered
Basic Information:: Romeo is an approximately 2 year old, large mixed breed, altered, male. Hi was brought in as an owner surrender.
Previously lived with:: 1 adult
How is this dog around strangers?: Romeo is said to be fearful and shy around strangers. It is said that it takes him a few minutes to warm up to people but when he does he is playful and affectionate. He is said to play exuberantly and somewhat rough.
How is this dog around children?: Romeo is said to have spent time around an infant and that he was respectful and gentle around him.
How is this dog around other dogs?: Romeo is said to be unfriendly towards other dogs. He will bark, lunge, and snap at them.
How is this dog around cats?: Behavior is unknown
Resource guarding:: No known resource guarding
Bite history:: Has a known bite history
Energy level/descriptors:: High
Other Notes:: It is said that Romeo is non-reactive to storms, fireworks, having food, treats and toys take away, being taken off of furniture, being restrained, being disturbed while sleeping, and being given a bath. It is unknown how he will react to have in nails trimmed and being brushed. It is said that he will bark and growl when unfamiliar people approach the house and family members.
Has this dog ever had any medical issues?: Yes
Medical Notes: Romeo has a cut on one of his paws. Romeo is also allergic to poultry.
For a New Family to Know: Romeo is described as fearful, anxious, excitable, and playful once he has warmed up to people. His favorite toy is a rope and his favorite game is tug. When at home it is said that he will follow people around. He was kept indoors and is use to sleeping in bed with family members. He was fed both wet and dry food without poultry, due to a food allergy, twice a day. It is said that he is mostly house trained but will have accident if not walked on schedule. When left alone in the house it is said that Romeo gets anxious and will whine. He has never been left alone in a yard or crate trained. He knows the commands sit and stay. For exercise he is used to jogging or running and is said to pull hard on the leash. It is said that when he is off leash he will wander but come when called.
Date of intake:: 4/21/2019
Spay/Neuter status:: Yes
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner Surrender
Previously lived with:: An adult
Behavior toward strangers:: Fearful and shy. Warms up after a few minutes and is playful
Behavior toward children:: Respectful and gentle with an infant he spent time with
Behavior toward dogs:: Bark, lunges, and snaps
Resource guarding:: None reported
Bite history:: Yes, a year ago Romeo lunged at and bit a drunk man who approached him in an aggressive manner. The bite broke skin.
Energy level/descriptors:: Romeo is described as fearful, anxious, excitable, and playful with a high level of activity.
Date of assessment:: 4/22/2019
Summary:: Leash Walking
Strength and pulling: Hard
Reactivity to humans: None
Reactivity to dogs: Moderate
Leash walking comments: Lunges and barks at dogs
Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Highly social
Call over: Approaches readily
Sociability comments: Body soft, stays by assessor
Soft handling: Seeks contact
Exuberant handling: Seeks contact
Comments: Body soft, leans into pets
Jog: Follows (loose)
Arousal comments: Jumps up
Knock: Approaches (loose)
Knock Comments: None
Toy: Grips, firm
Toy comments: Body soft
Summary:: Due to the owner reported barking, lunging, and snapping toward dogs, an off leash greeting is not conducted. Romeo was introduced to the helper dog through a gate for safety. He barks, growls and lunges. A single dog residence is recommended for Romeo based on these observations.
Date of intake:: 4/21/2019
Summary:: Anxious, barking. Warmed up to one staff member but lunged and hard barked at another
ENERGY LEVEL:: Romeo is described as having a high level of activity. We recommend long-lasting chews, food puzzles, and hide-and-seek games, in additional to physical exercise, to positively direct his energy and enthusiasm.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: New Hope Only
Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Single-pet home,Recommend no dog parks
Recommendations comments:: No children: Due to Romeo's bite history and that he is reported to be fearful around new people, we recommend an adult only home.
Single pet home/no dog parks: See DOG-DOG.
Potential challenges: : Fearful/potential for defensive aggression,On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration,Bite history (human)
Potential challenges comments:: Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Romeo is reported to be fearful of some new people. He lunged and bit a person who approached him in an aggressive manner. At the care center, he has been fearful of certain people, lunging at them. Please see handout on Fearful/potential for defensive aggression.
Bite history: Romeo lunged at and bit a person who approached him in an aggressive manner. The bite broke skin, but severity is unknown. Please see handout on Bite History.
On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration: Romeo is reported to lunge at dogs on leash, barking, growling, and snapping at them. This behavior has also been seen at the care center. Please see handout on On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration.
ROMEO IS RESCUE ONLY…..TO SAVE THIS PUP YOU MUST FILL OUT APPLICATIONS WITH AT LEAST 3 NEW HOPE RESCUES. PLEASE HURRY!!!
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