INTAKE DATE – 3/10/2019
Her family left her at the shelter citing their own health issues, but also alluding to a rather vague story about MIAMI having being lost for 3 years. The rDVM called when the chip traced back to owner, and supposedly when she was returned, Miami had multiple wounds with drains and a toe on her right front leg amputated due to wounds. What an adventure. :-/ But if true, she has known a life of uncertainty, and of being lost and returned and then abandoned again. Now she sits at the shelter, and despite all she has been through, she is nothing but waggy and sweet, wiggly and wonderful. She is uncomfortable around her peers, however, freezing when approached -- and who can blame her? We have to think the wounds she suffered, and that caused her such pain as well as an amputation, were due to a dog attacking her. But with humans she is ridiculously friendly and outgoing, gentle to a fault! She’s a playful senior with pep in her step and so many gifts to share with a family who can give her a loving retirement home. Can it be you? If you are an experienced foster or adopter in an adult only home, please hurry and message our page or email us at MustLoveDogsNYC@gmail.com for assistance.
A volunteer writes: “Social girl Miami is super sweet and very playful! She has a tendency to be overly gentle when given treats, it’s absolutely adorable!”
MIAMI, ID# 56790, 8 yrs old, 42 lbs, Unaltered Female
Brooklyn ACC, Medium Mixed Breed, Gray / White
Owner Surrender Reason: surrendered by her owner due to the fact they are not well and can no longer care for her
Shelter Assessment Rating: NEW HOPE ONLY
Medical Behavior Rating:
OWNER SURRENDER NOTES - BASIC INFORMATION: Miami is a gray female dog that was surrendered by her owner due to the fact they are not well and can no longer care for her. The owner stated that he got Miami from a friend when she was 2 years old. She previously lived with 2 adults. When around strangers Miami is friendly and outgoing. When playing with adults she is exuberant. She has spent time around visiting children and she is relaxed and playful. when playing with children she is gentle. Miami´s owner stated that Miami is aggressive toward other dogs and she will growl, hard bark, lunge and possibly bite. Miami has not spent time in the home with cats, but her owner stated that when she sees a cat outdoors she will growl lunge and hard bark. She is friendly if someone was to touch her food treats or toys. If someone unfamiliar approaches her home or family member she is friendly. Miami does not have a bite history, she is housetrained and her energy level is described as high.
Other Notes: Owner stated that during loud noises and fireworks Miami is not bothered. She is friendly if she is restrained pushed off the couch or disturbed while she sleeps. Miami enjoys being bathed and brushed. She will tolerate having her nails trimmed. Owner stated Miami has never had a medical issue and has no known medical concerns.
For a New Family to Know: Owner described Miami as friendly and excitability. When at home she likes to be in the same room as her owner. She knows how to sit stay and come when called. She has been kept mostly indoors and eats dry dog food. she likes to play with ropes and balls. When left alone in the home she is well behaved. She has never been crated nor left in the yard so it is unknown how she ill react. She is used to brisk walks on the leash during off peak hours. When on the leash she pulls hard. when off the leash she will run away.
INTAKE NOTES – DATE OF INTAKE, 10-Mar-2019: During intake Miami was lunging and trying to bite the safety gloves off the wall. Handing was not done during intake.
SHELTER ASSESSMENT SUMMARIES - Date of assessment: 12-Mar-2019
Strength and pulling: Moderate pulling
Reactivity to humans: None
Reactivity to dogs: None
Leash walking comments:
Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Wanders, explores, checks in with handlers, social, accepts contact, wagging tail, distracted by smells, mouthiness and fixation on leash
Call over: Approaches readily
Sociability comments: Began to vigorously shake the leash and needed to trade for treat to redirect her focus
Soft handling: Soft, wiggly body, leans into handler, seeks contact, lip licking
Exuberant handling: Wiggly body, leans into handler, seeks contact, lip licking
Handling comments: Mild anxiety
Jog: Immediate arousal, jumps up and bites leash, is not easily redirected
Knock Comments: Unable to conduct due to arousal level
Toy comments: Unable to conduct due to arousal level
PLAYGROUP NOTES - DOG TO DOG SUMMARIES: According to Miami's previous owner, she is reactive toward other dogs; she will growl, hard bark, lunge and possibly bite.
3/11: When off leash at the Care Center, Miami was introduced to a novel male dog. She initially ignores the male during the gate greet and seeks handler interaction. Due to the information provided by the owner, an attempt to muzzle Miami was made. Handlers were unable to muzzle her due to her pulling and removing on the muzzle when they were attempting to place it on her. When brought to the gate for a second attempt at a greet, Miami did see the male and froze. The male was led away to prevent further escalation. A handler picked up the poop-scoop to clean up, Miami saw the scoop, became fixated and grabbed it out of her hand. She did drop the scoop after running away with it.
3/12: Another unsuccessful attempt was made to muzzle Miami for today's session. The attempt was ended and a gate greet was conducted. She froze at the gate and had a stiff tail. The male was led away and Miami's body loosened. She returned to soliciting attention from handlers and would pick up her leash and shake it.
INTAKE BEHAVIOR - Date of intake: 10-Mar-2019
Summary: Lunging, fixated on hanging gloves, no handling performed
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR - Date of initial: 11-Mar-2019
Summary: Very sweet, wagging tail, seeking attention, nervous when handled, whale eyes and avoids
ENERGY LEVEL: Miami is observed to exhibit a very high level of energy during her interactions in the care center. We cannot be certain of her behavior in a home environment, but we recommend that she be provided daily mental and physical stimulation as an outlet for her energy.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: New Hope Only
Behavior Asilomar TM - Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations: No children (under 13), Single-pet home, Recommend no dog parks, Place with a New Hope partner.
Recommendations comments: No children (under 13): Although Miami is social, soft, solicits attention and contact during her interactions, she exhibited a low threshold for arousal, mouthiness and leash-biting behavior. As a result, it is recommended that Miami be placed with a New Hope Partner to help manage this behavior and decompress in a more stable environment prior to permanent placement in an adult only home. We advise safe and appropriate management when handling Miami, as well as utilizing guidance from a qualified, professional trainer/behaviorist.
Single-pet home/Recommend no dog parks: Miami has been reported to exhibit reactivity toward dogs and stray cats in a previous home environment. Her previous owner reported Miami to growl, lunge, snap and hard bark toward dogs and stray cats. She has also been observed to freeze and stiffen during a gate greet in the care center. As a result, we recommend that Miami be placed in an adult only home without any other pets, as well as not be taken to dog parks to ensure her success. We advise safe and appropriate management when handling Miami, as well as utilizing guidance from a qualified, professional trainer/behaviorist.
Place with a New Hope partner: Although Miami is social, soft, solicits attention and contact during her interactions, she exhibited a low threshold for arousal and has been observed to fixate on intimate objects, attempting to grab, shake and destroy. We cannot be certain if this behavior is a result of stress or frustration though due to the severity and intensity at which it occurs, it is recommended that Miami be placed with a New Hope Partner to help manage this behavior and decompress in a more stable environment prior to permanent placement in an adult only home. We advise safe and appropriate management when handling Miami, as well as utilizing guidance from a qualified, professional trainer/behaviorist.
Potential challenges: On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration, Leash-biting,
Low threshold for arousal.
Potential challenges comments: Leash-biting: Miami was observed to jump up onto the handler and bite the leash and when the handler releases it, Miami begins to vigorously shake it and run around. This behavior has been observed on multiple occasions. Please refer to the handout on Leash-biting behavior.
Low threshold for arousal: Miami is observed to exhibit a low threshold for arousal during interactions at times. She begins to fixate on items and attempts to grab at them, unable to readily relinquish. Please see handout on Arousal.
On leash reactivity: Miami is reported to lunge, hard bark and growl towards other dogs. Please see handout on Leash reactivity.
MEDICAL EXAM NOTES:
DVM Intake Exam. Estimated age: 8 years according to owner. Microchip noted on Intake? positive 985112000264905. History : owner surrender; vague history about dog being lost for 3 years. rDVM called when chip traced back to owner and the dog had multiple wounds with drains and toe on RFL amputated due to wounds. Subjective: BARH. Observed Behavior - very sweet, tail wagging, seeking attention. Became nervous with restraint and had whale eyes and backed away. Evidence of Cruelty seen – no. Evidence of Trauma seen – no. Objective. P = wnl, R = eupneic, BCS 4/9, EENT: Eyes have early aging changes ou, ears clean and cropped, no nasal discharge noted. PLN: No enlargements noted. H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupneic. ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated. U/G: FI, no MGTs, no vulvar d/c. MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat, missing digit 5 on RFL. CNS: mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities. Assessment: Apparently healthy. Plan: continue to monitor while at BACC. Prognosis: Excellent. SURGERY: ok to schedule for surgery in house with pre op BW
*** TO FOSTER OR ADOPT ***
MIAMI IS RATED NEW HOPE RESCUE ONLY. To foster or adopt her you must fill out applications with New Hope Partners. You cannot direct adopt her 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)
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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).
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