TO BE KILLED – 5/16/2019
Big, friendly, waggy and sweet, MacK was found wandering, scared and alone in the streets of NYC. He may be a big boy, but at that moment he was just a lost little boy on the inside. Dragged into the shelter by police via a rabies pole, his arrival at the care center was nothing short of terrifying. We can't blame him for his anxiety and confusion. But with a few days behind him, he has warmed up nicely to some of his favorite staff members and is a real heartbreaker, soft and attention seeking and a lover of treats. What a stunner too! His one magnificent icy blue eye, the other a warm brown, and his size – he’s 82 lbs of cookies and cream. He loves treats, he enjoys his time in playgroup with his girlfriends (like Sassy for example) and he is so stoic and patient, even when they jump all over him. He understands the meaning of “gentleman” and takes it all in stride. MacK truly needs a loving family, an experienced foster or adopter in an adult only home where he can decompress, relax, open his heart to his new family and feel safe and loved. Will you be the one to make his dream of a family come true? Message our page or email us at MustLoveDogsNYC@gmail.com for assistance fostering or adopting treat loving, heart stealing MacK now!
I make friends with Sassy, she’s great!
ZEUS, ID# 62206, 4 Yrs. Old, 82 lbs, Unaltered Male
Brooklyn ACC, Large Mixed Breed, White / Black
I came to the shelter as an Agency, 5/7/2019
Shelter Assessment Rating: NEW HOPE ONLY
Medical Behavior Rating: 4. Orange
AT RISK NOTE: Although MacK has shown improvement with certain handlers in the care center, he 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. Mack was also diagnosed with CIRDC and would have to stay away from other dogs for the next 14 days after diagnosed.
INTAKE BEHAVIOR – DATE OF INTAKE, 5/7/2019: Mack was snapping, growling and lunging when being taken out of the crate. No handling was done.
SURRENDER NOTES – BASIC INFORMATION: Mack is a large white and black dog that was found loose in the street and was brought to the ACC as a stray.
SHELTER ASSESSMENT SUMMARIES
Strength and pulling: Hard pulling
Reactivity to humans: None
Reactivity to dogs: None
Leash walking comments:
Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Soft body, tail wagging, ears forward, explores somewhat, jumps up soliciting attention, stays near handlers, readily accepts treats with soft mouth
Call over: Does not approach immediately Sociability comments: Mack was observed to walk toward assessor and sniffed the outstretched hand, tensed his body and low growled toward the assessor. In order to minimize Mack's stress levels, the assessment was concluded.
PLAYGROUP NOTES – DOG TO DOG SUMMARIES: Mack was surrendered as a stray so his past behavior around dogs is unknown.
5/8: When off leash at the Care Center, Mack is introduced to a novel female dog. He is sexually motivated as he greets the female and places his chin over her back. Mack positions himself to mount the female but is interrupted by handlers. Mack walks away to explore the pens.
5/9: Mack was introduced to a novel female again today. He greets her with a soft body and wanders around the yard. He does give the female one quick bounce when she solicits play but does not reciprocate otherwise.
Summary (1):: Mack understands the cue for "sit".
INTAKE BEHAVIOR – DATE OF INTAKE: 5/7/2019
Summary:: Baring teeth, growling, lunging and snapping; No handling performed
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR - Date of initial:: 5/8/2019
Summary:: Initially hyperactive, allowed muzzle, escalated to hard stare, growling and head whipping
ENERGY LEVEL:: MacK has been observed to exhibit a medium level of energy during his interactions in the care center.
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: 5/10: Mack was laying in his kennel as handler approached. When handler removed the blocker and Mack noticed her, he stood and gave tail wags. As handler unlocked his kennel, She offered Mack a treat, which he took gently. Mack was easily removed from the kennel and walked out with a loose body, showing no reactivity to the barking dogs as he passed them. Once outside, mack relieved himself at the gate and was brought back inside for his interaction. After his interaction was over, Mack walked back to his kennel with the handler, returning to a loose body and showing no reactivity to passing staff members. Mack allowed the handler to pet his head and back on his way back to his kennel, giving tail wags the whole way. Mack was returned to his kennel without any issues. 5/12: Mack allowed very exuberant handling while maintaining a wiggly body.
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 (under 13): Due to how uncomfortable MacK is currently with touch and novel stimuli, we feel that an adult-only home would be most beneficial at this time. Place with a New Hope partner: Although MacK has shown improvement with certain handlers in the care center, he 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: : Handling/touch sensitivity,Fearful/potential for defensive aggression,Kennel presence
Potential challenges comments:: Handling/touch sensitivity: MacK displays handling sensitivity during his interactions in the care center, observed on multiple occasions. MacK has been observed to escalate to baring his teeth, growling, lunging and snapping toward handlers when attempting to handling him. Please refer to the handout on Handling/touch sensitivity. Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: MacK is very fearful at the care center and has bared teeth, growled, lunged and snapped at handlers when attempts are made to approach him and touch him. He will need a slow approach and time to acclimate to new people. Please see handout on Fearful/potential for defensive aggression. Kennel presence: MacK exhibits kennel presence and has been observed to growl when new people approach his kennel door. Should this behavior arise in a home environment, please refer to the handout on Kennel presence.
MEDICAL EXAM NOTES
DVM Intake Estimated age: 4 years Microchip noted on Intake? No Microchip Number (If Applicable): History: Stray Subjective: BARH, no coughing/sneezing/vomiting/diarrhea Observed behavior: Initially hyperactive but allowed muzzle, escalated quickly to hard stare and growling/whipping head around when exam was performed. Evidence of cruelty seen: No Evidence of trauma seen: No Objective: P: WNL R: WNL BCS: 6/9 OP: Mucous membranes pink and moist. Muzzled. EENT: Eyes, ears, and nares clear bilaterally, no discharge noted. PLN: Small/soft/symmetrical/nonpainful CV: No murmurs or arrhythmias, pulses strong and synchronous. RESP: Eupneic, no crackles/wheezes GI: Soft, nonpainful, no palpable masses. UG: Male intact, two descended testicles, no discharge INT: Good hair coat, no areas of alopecia or pruritus, no ectoparasites or masses noted. MS: Ambulatory x4, no pain on palpation of epaxials NEURO: Mentation appropriate, cranial nerves intact, no deficits noted. Assessment: -Apparently healthy Prognosis: Fair Plan: -Start trazodone 5 mg/kg PO q12h indefinitely Surgery: Okay for surgery
Progress exam-New CIRDC noted on rounds History: Intake 5/8-APH, started on trazodone for shelter anxiety Subjective: BAR. Lunging at the front of the cage. Sneezing. Objective: EENT: serous nasal d/c bilaterally, no ocular d/c ou L: Eupneic, normal RR/RE but sneezing MSI: Ambulatory x 4, good haircoat CNS: mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities Assessment: CIRDC Plan: Continue trazodone 200mg PO BID Start baytril 10mg/kg PO SID x14d until 5/27 Recheck at day 7 Move to iso Prognosis: Good
*** TO FOSTER OR ADOPT ***
MACK S 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.