There was shock after a German Shepherd named Bruno and 21 puppies were rescued from an SUV in the Throggs Neck area of the Bronx. It is believed that the pups had been living in the vehicle, along with a mentally ill female veteran in conditions described as "deplorable."
"She had the German Shepherd kind of crated really to the back. And the rest of them were just loose, all over the place… One was bleeding out, lethargic and in big trouble," said Regina Galente of Adore-a-Bullie Paws and Claws rescue center.
While all of the pups are exceptionally cute, Bruno has stuck out as a shining star for Regina. "Bruno is just awesome. He cried for everyone that we were handling. He was like a papa bear to all of them."
The shelter's Facebook introduction to Bruno should see the dog rehomed in no time:
Using a series of crates, each of the 22 dogs were rescued from the car and shuttled to safety. Police are believed to have spoken to the dogs' pet parent, though no arrest has been made and the female's name has been kept out of the media. All of the dogs are expected to make a full recovery, and will be looking for loving new homes shortly.
While some of the strays remain at Adore-a-Bullies Paws and Claws, eleven have been moved to Bobbi and the Strays rescue home. Please visit the centers' respective websites if you are keen to take in any of the rescued animals.