2006-11-24 / Front Page

Paws Bound, Tied To Pole, Pooch Rescued In Nick Of Time

By Howard Schwach


Dr. Steven Weinstein of the Howard Beach Animal Clinic and one of his staffers, Elizabeth Esposito, pose with Robert Press and the dog he found bound on Beach 108 Street.Dr. Steven Weinstein of the Howard Beach Animal Clinic and one of his staffers, Elizabeth Esposito, pose with Robert Press and the dog he found bound on Beach 108 Street.

A Labrador Retriever with its paws bound and its collar tied tightly to a light pole was rescued from its cruel and cold fate early Sunday morning by a Rockaway man who was returning home to Belle Harbor.

Robert Press, 22, who works with animals at the Shaggy Dog on Beach 116 Street, was driving home when, he says, he noticed a large dog lying still on the ground nearby the corner light pole at Beach 108 Street and Shore Front Parkway.

"He looked so strange lying there that I decided to stop and take a look," Press says.

What he found chilled him. The dog was tied to the light pole with a leash to a collar around its neck and its paws tied together with black twine. It had no identification tag, so Press took him first to his girlfriend's house for the night and then to the Howard Beach Animal Clinic the first thing the next morning.

Vet worker Elizabeth Esposito comforts the 110-pound Lab rescued by Robert Press. The dog was found on Beach 108 St. last Sunday with its paws bound.Vet worker Elizabeth Esposito comforts the 110-pound Lab rescued by Robert Press. The dog was found on Beach 108 St. last Sunday with its paws bound. "The dog was very cold and stressed out," Press told The Wave. "It had obviously been there for a few hours and it was a very cold night."

"He could have died," he said. "I don't see how anybody could treat an animal in that way."

Dr. Steven Weinstein, the veterinarian who treated the 110-pound dog agrees.

"The dog was pretty well treated by its owner," he said. "I don't believe the owner did this. Some sadist who just wanted to see the dog die did it."

Weinstein said that the dog is middle aged, probably 7 or 8 years old, and suffered minor wounds, but added that it was mild-mannered and would make a good pet.

Weinstein credited Press with saving the dog's life.

Now, he and Press would like to give the dog a new home. They are looking for somebody to adopt the abandoned animal.

Those interested should call Weinstein's office at (718) 848-6803.

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kudos to Robert Press and to Dr. Weinstein...a vet who truly cares about animals


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