2009-09-04 / Letters

Animal Hospital Attempts To Save Dog Left To Die

Dear Editor,

To the person who left the pit bull, stuffed into a carrier with massive injuries, apparently from a dogfight, in front of the Animal Hospital on Beach Channel Drive around 3 a.m.—I thought you would like to know that although he had his ear amputated, as well as his toe, and that Dr. Rogoff and his staff did everything they could to save him, the dog, whom my sister named Chance, has died. Dr. Rogoff has said it was one of the worst cases he has ever seen.

I first found the dog at 6:30 a.m. on my way to the bagel store. When I saw the carrier I thought someone had left a box of unwanted kittens, but when I bent down to take a look I saw the heartbreaking sight of a brown dog, stuffed into a carrier that was clearly too small, suffering from a massive head injury and just barely alive.

I asked around and someone said that the carrier had been there since 3 a.m. The vet didn't open until 10 a.m., so one of the workers in the bagel store texted an Animal Hospital worker. I went to my car to get my water bottle, so that I could try to give the dog some water, and called animal care, but they didn't open until 8 a.m.

I went home to get some towels and call some animal rescue groups. When I got back to the Animal Hospital the vets had already arrived and taken the dog inside for treatment. I managed to contact my sister, who is actively involved with several pit bull rescue organizations. They immediately started a drive to raise money to help with the cost of saving the dog.

My sister spoke to Dr. Rogoff after the dog died. They were both emotional on the phone; the dog died in Dr. Rogoff's arms. At least for a brief time, he knew what it was like to be loved.

The Animal Hospital of the Rockaways should be commended for all the compassion, love and effort that they put into trying to save this poor animal that was left to die. Please visit the Bobbi and The Strays website, http://www.bobbiandthestra ys.org/, if you would like to make a donation to The Animal Hospital, to defray the expense of saving Chance. And to the person who put him in a dogfight and left him in front of the Animal Hospital, remember one thing: God will make sure what goes around, comes around.

DIANA ROSSI

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That is a very sad story as a dog lover I can only say that I am sorry to hear that the dog passed away. The staff at the Animal Hospital deserves a pat on their backs for attempting to save the dog. As well as everyone else who tried to help the dog


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