Happy Tails: A Better Life for Brooklyn


Looking at Brooklyn today, it’s almost impossible to comprehend all that he’s been through. Thankfully, after recovering at the ASPCA, Brooklyn found a loving home and the very happy life he deserves. Here is his story.

Brooklyn was rescued by the NYPD in March 2014. At the ASPCA Animal Hospital, Brooklyn was diagnosed with multiple rib and limb fractures—some old, some more recent—which required three separate surgeries to repair. His broken forearm needed metal screws put in, and his hind legs, hips and neck were all fractured as well. In addition, Brooklyn’s right eye had to be removed. His left eye had a cataract and was completely blind. The poor little guy had spent most of his life in pain.

Brooklyn’s abuse also left him with emotional scars. The 7-lb. pup was perpetually nervous, frightened of new people and very wary of other dogs. Our primary goal was to find the sweet dog a loving, patient adopter who would be willing to work through his special needs. Thankfully, in July, we met Danika R.

Danika is currently in her second year of veterinary school outside of Chicago. “As a vet student, I figured I should get a dog that might not otherwise find a good home,” she says. “Brooklyn had some trust issues and needed a lot of TLC, but I was up for the challenge.” It was a perfect match, and she adopted him that day.
In the year since Brooklyn’s adoption, he has grown by leaps and bounds. “When I first got him, he did not know how to walk on a leash or go up stairs, and now he is a pro, despite his blindness,” Danika beams. Brooklyn is also a big fan of peanut butter, and, of course, his new home.

Danika says proudly, “I can truly say I know he is a happy dog, and I’m a happy mama!”

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