INTAKE DATE – 4/23/2019
SAMOSA was adopted and then returned in 4 days. Why? Not because of Samosa’s behavior really, but because of their ignorance of basic decompression techniques and giving their new friend time to acclimate to their new home. This means you DON’T let your new pet roam the house freely. This means you give them their own room, crate the, and slowly introduce them to their new home. We are not sure if the ACC gave them these important instructions and they chose to ignore them thinking “we are great with dogs, just throw that paperwork in the trash.” But remember people – your home, as nice as it is and as much as you think you are giving your new pet a palace, is just one more new situation he or she needs to navigate. There’s not a thing wrong with Samosa. He is so friendly, kissy, sweet and wonderful. He just needed a new family with a clue. So let’s not let him languish there and end up on the list to die for their stupidity. Foster or adopt this sweetheart now. Message our page or email us at MustLoveDogsNYC@gmail.com for assistance.
Mercutio and Samosa in Playgroup
Samosa and Milo in Playgroup
SAMOSA, ID# 60110, 1 yr old, 33.2 lbs, Unaltered Male
Brooklyn ACC, Medium Mixed Breed, Tan / White
I came to the shelter as an Adoption Return 04/23/19
Owner Surrender Reason: returned to the center due to behavior concerns
Shelter Assessment Rating: NEW HOPE ONLY
No children (under 13)
Medical Behavior Rating:
OWNER SURRENDER NOTES - BASIC INFORMATION: Samosa is a one year old tan and white female dog that was returned to the center due to behavior concerns. The adopter had her for the past four days. She previously lived with 2 adults. Samosa is friendly and outgoing around strangers. She didn't live with children, other dogs or cats. Samosa is not bothered if food, toys or objects are taken away from her. Samos has no bite history with an animal, but snapped at the adopter's roommate once while he was coming into her room unannounced. Samosa is housetrained and her previous owner describes her energy level as high.
Other Notes: She is not bothered when she is held nor when she is removed from the furniture. The adopter didn't bathed nor brushed her therefore his behavior is unknown.
For a New Family to Know: She was described as friendly, affectionate and playful. She likes to follow people around and to be in the same room. She was kept indoors only and was fed dry and wet food. Samosa is house-trained and goes on grass and cement. She has never been crated. Samosa listens to sit and come. She is used to brisks walks on leash for exercise.
INTAKE NOTES – DATE OF INTAKE, 04-23-2019: Samosa had a loose body throughout the process. She allowed to be scanned, collared and enjoyed to be petted. She kept jumping upon the counselor's lap for attention. Samosa walked around the room and was taking treats gently. Samosa scanned positive for a microchip.
Bite history: While laying on her bed, Samosa heard the resident roommate open the door, when he entered Samosa rushed forward and bit his thigh but did not break skin. Samosa retreated immediately though she continued to growl at him.
PLAYGROUP NOTES - DOG TO DOG SUMMARIES: ***BACC NOTES***
According to Samosa's recent adopter, Samosa did not socialize with other dogs while in their care.
4/24: Samosa returned to group in BACC. She greeted the novel male with her teeth bared and growled before jumping on the gate while hard barking. The gate was not opened and an off-leash interaction was not conducted.
4/25: Samosa was muzzled for today's interaction with a novel male. She was initially fixated on the muzzle and attempted to remove it. Handlers walked Samosa over to the gate for her to greet the male. She greets him with a forward body and high tail. The gate is opened with her leash held as well as the male due to his inexperience. Samosa offers the male a play bow and spins. Due to her play solicitations, the muzzle is removed and her leash dropped. She engages in bouts of bouncy play with the male.
INTAKE BEHAVIOR - Date of intake: 23-Apr-2019
Summary: Wagging, allowed all handling
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR - Date of initial: 24-Apr-2019
Summary: Loose bodied, allowed all handling
ENERGY LEVEL: We have no history on Samosa so we cannot be certain of her behavior in a home environment. However, she is a young, enthusiastic, social dog who will need daily mental and physical activity to keep her engaged and exercised. We recommend long-lasting chews, food puzzles, and hide-and-seek games, in additional to physical exercise, to positively direct her energy and enthusiasm.
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 the fearful behavior Samosa has displayed in her previous home environment, we feel she would be best set up to succeed in an adult only home environment.
Place with a New Hope partner: While Samosa has displayed social behavior in the care center, she has escalated to biting in a new home environment when someone walked into the room. Due to this bite incident as well her potential for fear based aggression, we feel she may be best set up to succeed if placed with an experienced rescue partner. Force-free, reward based training only is advised as well as guidance from a professional trainer or behaviorist.
Fearful/potential for defensive aggression
Bite history (human)
On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration
Potential challenges comments:
Samosa has been observed to react to dogs on leash at the care center, pulling towards them and growling. Please see handout on On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration.
Samosa was reported to rush towards and bite the roommate in the thigh in her previous home when he entered the room. This bite did not break skin, however, Samosa was reported to continue growling at the roommate once she retreated. Please see handouts on Fearful/potential for defensive aggression and bite history.
MEDICAL EXAM NOTES - BACC
Progress Exam. History: 4/15/19: Stray, noted healing wounds on chest, otherwise apparently healthy. 4/18: Routine spay. Today, 4/25: Noted CIRDC signs, happy tail. Subjective: BAR, no coughing/vomiting/diarrhea. Noted sneezing, moderate nasal discharge. Objective: Cageside exam performed.
Eyes: Clear bilaterally, no discharge. Nasal Cavity: Moderate serous discharge bilaterally. Lungs: Eupneic. Musculoskeletal: Ambulatory x 4 with no appreciable lameness. BCS = 5/9. Integument: Unremarkable haircoat, spay site, clean/dry/intact. Crusted wound on tip of tail. Neuro: Appropriate mentation.
Assessment: -Wound on tail (r/o happy tail). -CIRDC, Prognosis: Good. Plan:
-Move to isolation, -Start trazodone 5 mg/kg PO q12h indefinitely. -Start baytril 10 mg/kg PO q24h x 14d,
DVM Intake Exam. Estimated age:1y. Microchip noted on Intake?y Microchip Number (If Applicable): History :acc return few days. o says uri signs but none seen. Subjective: Observed Behavior -wagging tail, head down, licks examiner
Evidence of Cruelty seen -n Evidence of Trauma seen -n Objective: T = , P =80
R =wnl, BCS 5/9. 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:recent ohe, incision wnl. MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat. CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities. Assessment: healthy. Prognosis:good Plan:no treatment
NOTES FIRST STAY / Intake 04/15/19 in MACC
SAMOSA, ID# 60110, 1 yr old, 33.2 lbs, Manhattan Animal Care Center,
Medium Mixed Breed Cross, Tan / White Male
Stray 04/15/19 - Found tied up
Shelter Assessment Rating:
Medical Behavior Rating:
Means of Surrender: 4/15/2019, Stray with no known history, 1st stay in the care center
SHELTER ASSESSMENT SUMMARIES - Date of assessment: 16-Apr-2019
Strength and pulling: None
Reactivity to humans: None
Reactivity to dogs: Moderate
Leash walking comments: Pulled towards a dog and growled
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, leaning into pets
Jog: Follows (loose)
Arousal comments: None
Knock: Approaches (loose)
Knock Comments: None
Toy: No response
Toy comments: None
PLAYGROUP NOTES - DOG TO DOG SUMMARIES:
4/16: When introduced off leash to dogs, Samosa is playful.
4/17: Samosa engages in exuberant play with all dogs.
MEDICAL EXAM NOTES - MACC
Pre-surgical exam, anesthesia, and surgery performed by ASPCA.
Green linear tattoo placed lateral to incision.
Start 1 tablet of Carprofen 75 mg SID PO x 4 days as Post-Op pain management.
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WAS GROOMED ON 04.17.19
DVM Intake Exam
Estimated age: 1 year
Microchip noted on Intake? No
Microchip Number (If Applicable):
History : Stray. Found tied up.
Observed Behavior -Friendly and playful. Allowed all handling.
Evidence of Cruelty seen -No
Evidence of Trauma seen -No
P =120 bpm
EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted
Oral Exam: Very clean teeth
PLN: No enlargements noted
H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic, no c/s
ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated
U/G: F/I, no obvious spay scar or tattoo
MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, 2 healed scar on right body wall, scabbed over and healing superficial wounds on chest
CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities
Rectal: Clean externally
Assessment: Healing wounds on chest
Otherwise apparently healthy
Plan: No tx needed at this time
Okay for surgery
*** TO FOSTER OR ADOPT ***
SAMOSA IS RATED NEW HOPE RESCUE ONLY. To foster or adopt him you must fill out applications with New Hope Partners. You cannot direct adopt him at the shelter. Please Message our page or email us at MustLoveDogsNYC@gmail.com for assistance.
If you would like to adopt a NYC ACC dog, and can get to the shelter in person to complete the adoption process, you can contact the shelter directly. We have provided the Brooklyn, Staten Island and Manhattan information below. Adoption hours at these facilities is Noon – 8:00 p.m. (6:30 on weekends)
If you CANNOT get to the shelter in person and you want to FOSTER OR ADOPT a NYC ACC Dog, you can PRIVATE MESSAGE our Must Love Dogs page for assistance. PLEASE NOTE: You MUST live in NY, NJ, PA, CT, RI, DE, MD, MA, NH, VT, ME or Northern VA. You will need to fill out applications with a New Hope Rescue Partner to foster or adopt a NYC ACC dog. Transport is available if you live within the prescribed range of states.
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).