Jamie, a 4-year-old Pit Bull mix, lived a life of neglect. She was found covered in feces and urine in a basement in Brooklyn, New York, by officers with the New York Police Department. At the time police rescued the emaciated dog, she was as thin as a rail and her toenails were so long that they started to curl around her feet, according to a report on Today.com. Her previous owner was arrested and charged with animal cruelty. That was last April.
Today, Jamie is a happy-go-lucky dog who has a lot of love to give. She has been under the care of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals since the police picked her up, where she’s been given training and love and is a sociable dog.
“She is happiest when she’s out and about meeting new people and experiencing new things,” Victoria Wells, the ASPCA’s senior manager of behavior and training, told Today.com. “She does enjoy going for a run now and again, but she’s more likely to flop down for a belly rub or snuggle up for a nap.”
The NYPD is now actively working with the ASPCA’s Adoption Center in New York City to help find Jamie her forever home. Some officers have taken her to a dog park, let her ride in a police van, and taken her for some pup-cakes, all in service of the three-year collaboration between the NYPD and the ASPCA.
“Through this first-of-its-kind program, the NYPD takes the lead role in responding to all animal cruelty complaints in New York City, while the ASPCA provides direct care for animal cruelty victims through critical support including forensic evaluations, medical treatment, behavior assessments, housing and placement, as well as backup legal support and training,” ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement vice president Howard Lawrence told Today.com.
According to Lawrence, more than 850 animals of various species have been brought into the ASPCA by the NYPD for treatment this year, and there has been “triple-digit increases in arrests and animals treated.” The partnership is humming right along.
“Victims of animal cruelty have incredible capacities to overcome past abuse and become loving companions. We are fortunate to see examples of this every day at the ASPCA,” Lawrence told Today.com. “It’s important for people to understand that dogs who’ve suffered, like Jamie, make great pets and are certainly just as deserving of safe, loving homes as any other adoptable animal.”
If you live in New York City and want to adopt Jamie, you can read more about her on her adoption page here. Out-of-state folks can also adopt her but you will first have to visit her at the ASPCA in the city.