TO BE KILLED - 5/9/2019
PLUTO'S parent became ill and was hospitalized and her mother dumped her dog at the shelter citing behavior. Except for one key thing -- poor Pluto seems to have a neurological issue that causes his head to tilt and for him to spin in circles. This kid needed understanding, he needed vet care, and at the very least he needed kindness. Instead he was dumped to die, even though he is gentle with children and great with dogs and even CATS!!!! How could anyone expected him to be ok when he not only lost his parent who he adored, he is also most likely in need of care himself. Please don't let the meanness and the heartlessness of a human being stand in the way of his happiness. Foster or adopt Pluto now. You need to message our page or email us at MustLoveDogsNYC@gmail.com for assistance.
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PLUTO, ID# 61452, 2 yrs old, Unaltered Male
Manhattan ACC, Medium Mixed Breed, Black / Brown
Surrender Reason: Brought in by owners family member
Shelter Assessment Rating: NEW HOPE ONLY
No children (under 13)
Medical Behavior Rating:
AT RISK NOTE: Pluto has remained anxious at the care center, displaying barrier reactivity and distance increasing behaviors around new people. Pluto would be best suited for placement with a new hope partner that can provide the necessary behavior modification. Medically, Pluto may may have a neurological condition and is recommended for follow up care.
OWNER SURRENDER NOTES - BASIC INFORMATION:
Pluto's owner is in the hospital and left the dog with her mother. Her mother can no longer care for the dog because of his behavior issues. Pluto lived with 1 adult. Owners mother stated the dog does not like strangers and will try to nip at them. When taking the dog out of the transport van the dog was growling, hard barking, and giving wail eyes. Owner's mother stated the dog is good with kids and Is gentle with them. She also stated the dog is good with other dogs. Owners mother owns cats and stated the dog plays well with them. Pluto does not guard his resources. He has no bite history. He is not housetrained and has a high energy level.
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: 5/5/19: Pluto remains at the back of his kennel upon approach and is slowly leashed after some coaxing with treats. While walking in the yard, he keeps a tucked tail and pulls hard away from the handler, often turning around to try returning back inside. When spotting another dog, he crouches low and runs in the opposite direction. In the hallway, Pluto continues to display frightened behavior (tail tucked, laying down) and snaps at a volunteer when offered a treat.
SHELTER ASSESSMENT SUMMARIES - Date of assessment: 2-May-2019
Summary: In the assessment room, Pluto began repeatedly spinning in circles. This behavior was able to be briefly interrupted, but then returned. For this reason, a handling assessment was unable to be preformed. Please see his owner surrender profile for a full report of his behavior in his previous home.
PLAYGROUP NOTES - DOG TO DOG SUMMARIES:
5/2: When introduced off leash to dogs in our care center, Pluto keeps mostly to himself. The previous caretaker reported him to be 'good" with other dogs, but did not provide details.
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR - Date of initial: 29-Apr-2019
Summary: Growling, barking, whale-eyed
Pluto 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
No children (under 13)
Place with a New Hope partner
No children: Pluto has been reported to nip at strangers and has lunged at people at the care center. For these reasons, we recommend an adult only home.
Place with a New Hope partner: Pluto has been reported to nip at strangers and has lunged at people at the care center. For these reasons, 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.
Fearful/potential for defensive aggression
On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration
Potential challenges comments:
Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Pluto is reported to nip at unfamiliar people and has been observed to lunge at them at the care center. He has remained fearful at the care center and allowed little handling. Please see handout on Fearful/potential for defensive aggression.
Anxiety: At the care center, Pluto has been observed to spin repeatedly in circles. This may be an expression of anxiety and stress. Please see handout on Anxiety.
On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration: At the care center, Pluto has been observed to lunge at people. Please see handout on On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration.
House soiling: Pluto is reported to have accidents in the home. Please see handout on House Soiling.
MEDICAL EXAM NOTES
request for trazadone
sig: 1 tab po q 12 hrs
Hx: Behavioral Noted that dog has right head tilt and seems to circle to the right; also may be crossing over on the fl's
Bar H pink 1 sec
fearful- sedated PE-- telazol- 0.5ml IM
eent- (+) menace; intact blinks; no nystagmus; ad- small amt of brown dc- could not make out the ear drum; as- also has a little debris; AU- no redness
hl- 120hr reg nm ss fp c and e
msi- amb x 4; will walk fine on a leash; episodes of circling to the right but can be broken of the behavior
Neuro- intact cn's; no propioceptive deficits; episodic circling to the right that can be interrupted and redirected
circling and sl right head tilt
r/o behavioral vs neurologic vs other
suspect behavioral as when the dog circles-- the action can be stopped with redirection and the animal will start to walk straight.
cleaned ears- small amount of debris; still difficult to make out ear drum
DVM Intake Exam
Estimated age: 2y
Microchip noted on Intake? no
Microchip Number (If Applicable):
History : owner surrender
Observed Behavior - tense on PE, tries to escape from restraint, no growling or snapping, vocalized and retreated when approached initially with treats
Evidence of Cruelty seen -no
Evidence of Trauma seen -no
P = 80
R = wnl
EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted
Oral Exam:muzzled for exam unable to examine
PLN: No enlargements noted
H/L: NSR, NMA, Lungs clear, eupnic
ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated
U/G: male intact, 2 testes palpable in scrotum
MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat
CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities
Rectal: normal external
underweight possibly due to intact male
Okay for surgery
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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).
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.