Death row pup uses her toys as ‘pacifiers’ to soothe her broken heart


Meet Pelusa; just four years old, health and sweet yet she’s on the list to be euthanized at the Brooklyn facility of the Animal Care Centers of New York City. Surrendered by her family because “they were developing allergies towards their dog,” Pelusa has not been able to understand why she has been separated from the only family she has ever known, and as she waits for their return, her toys have become the “pacifiers” to help soothe her broken heart. In her old life,  the  61-pound dog loved to run in the park and go for walks, play with her two-year old human sibling and follow her family around the house. She thought everyone loved her and would be part of the family forever.

A volunteer describes her interaction with Pelusa:

“Pelusa is a sensitive little lamb of a dog that has stolen my heart! She is a little anxious to find herself away from her whole-life-family, but has found an adorable way of coping with it by using toys like pacifiers! She talks to me from her cage (really, she’s on the verge of stringing sentences together) and is just as sweet as can be. She likes carrying toys around in her cage and LOVES to play with them outside (she drops them right in my lap when she’s ready for another go…she is so fun and it’s the perfect outlet for her energy!). She loves treats and already knows “sit”, “paw” and “down” and she’s happy to take a belly rub as a reward for the latter. She’s super affectionate and likes becoming one with my lap and kissing my face clean. We’re told she does well with strangers and children and wants to play with other dogs. She is TRULY a doll and eager to find someone to be the apple of her eye (and she’ll be your sunshine in return!).”

Sadly the stress of shelter life has taken a toll on this dog. A recent evaluation indicates she is at risk for behavior challenges, although no concerns had been noted by her previous owners. Since entering the shelter when she was  social and affectionate, Pelusa has been showing signs of resource guarding in her kennel and has been reactive towards other dogs. Pelusa needs to find a home, and animal advocates are her only hope to survive. Share this dog’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

Follow this dog’s plight on Facebook by clicking here or here. Although this dog was on the euthanasia list slated for Saturday afternoon, her life was spared. It is expected she will again be on the list Sunday evening. When inquiring about this dog, make sure to reference A1110710. Need assistance?  Email mustlovedogsNYC@gmail.com for guidance and assistance. If necessary, the group will provide you with links to New Hope rescue applications to foster or adopt via rescue.

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