(Adds details) A reader sent this story in, after she had come across a young dog abandoned in a park (she wrote in the third person) and had hoped to find him a home. She emailed Baristanet this morning to say that a West Milford couple, who had heard of his plight and whose own former-rescue dog died recently, had confirmed they would adopt the dog.
One frosty December morning, while out for a walk in Watsessing Park in Bloomfield, Montclair resident Linda Federico-O’Murchu came upon an abandoned 9-10 month old puppy, tied to a chain-link fence. Despite being cold, hungry and frightened, the pup greeted her with joy, as if they were long-lost friends.
Linda called the animal control authorities and, while waiting for them to arrive, ran to a deli to get him food and water. He carried his bowl over, the food still in it, to be next to her while he ate.
The police arrived and brought the pup to a shelter in Newark. Upon discovering their policy of giving stray animals only a week before euthanizing them, Linda reached out to animal activists, Sandy Reynolds and Beth Mersten of Shelter Showcase. The shelter arranged for Linda to pick the puppy up and Sandy put her in touch with a Montclair resident named Toni LeQuire-Schott, who offered to foster the pup.
Almost as soon as Toni got him, however, the puppy got sick with a medley of ailments including mange, but with Toni’s care and medical treatment, he’s now a healthy, comical, rambunctious pup, whom Toni named Choco.
If you would like to
adopt this affectionate, energetic dog ormake a tax-deductible donation to help with his vet bills (Toni has spent nearly $2,000 for his medical expenses), please contact Beth Mersten on 973.812.7297 at Shelter Showcase. All donations for Choco will be set aside for his care.
Thank you in advance for your kind generosity and have a wonderful New Year!