His dog days are over!
A paralyzed pooch rescuers found left for dead in a garbage bag inside a Cypress Hills park is back on his paws thanks to the efforts of some Marine Park and Park Slope vets, who released the mutt on the mend into the care of his new foster dad on Friday, according to one of his saviors.
“We’re just happy that he is going to be shown the love he deserves,” said Carla Mohan, who works with rescue service New York Bully Crew, which came to the pup’s aid after he was discovered abandoned.
Passersby called 911 after spotting a garbage bag moving and moaning inside Highland Park near the Jackie Robinson Parkway last month, and cops found the 10–12-year-old German shepherd mix inside it with his mouth duct-taped shut.
Officers handed the dying dog off to Bully Crew’s rescuers, who rushed him into emergency care at Marine Park’s Verg South, where vets stabilized the mutt and dubbed him Saint Vincent.
But Vinny’s ordeal wasn’t over. Doctors soon discovered the aging pup couldn’t move his back legs, prompting them to send him to Verg North in Park Slope, where specialists administered an MRI to test for spinal injuries.
The procedure showed that the four-legged saint wasn’t suffering from any one condition, but a panoply of illnesses common in older dogs that years of abuse made worse, according to one of his physicians.
“He had these chronic problems common in older dogs, compounded by the neglect and abuse of a person,” Dr. Brett Levitzke said.
But vets could treat the pooch’s many ailments without any surgeries, Levitzke said, and soon he was up and walking, at which point doctors handed Vinny over to Bully Crew’s founder, Craig Fields, who will shelter him at his Long Island house until the furball can find a forever home.
“Our job now is to ensure a continuous safe environment for Saint Vincent to flourish, and to find the perfect home for him to finally settle into and receive unconditional love and nurturing,” the foster dad said.
Vinny is an older guy, and though the worst of his medical conditions are behind him, anyone looking to adopt the mutt should anticipate his favorite hobby — relaxing.
“He just wants to hang out, watch a good movie, and relax,” said Mahon.
Police are still looking for the fiend who abandoned the pooch, according to authorities, who said no arrests have been made.
Anyone with a forever home for Saint Vincent should visit New York Bully Crew’s website at www.nybullycrew.org.