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East New York dog rescued from garbage now walking, discharged from animal hospital

January 5, 2018 By Scott Enman Brooklyn Daily Eagle
A veterinarian at VERG tends to Saint Vincent. More than two weeks after Saint Vincent was found abandoned in a garbage bag, he has regained some of his personality and energy and is set to start a new life with loving owners. Photos courtesy of VERG
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It’s a blessing in disguise.

Saint Vincent, the dog who was rescued from a trash bag in East New York on Dec. 19, is recovering well and was discharged from the Veterinary Emergency & Referral Group (VERG) on Friday afternoon.

More than two weeks after the incident, Saint Vincent has regained some of his personality and energy and is set to start a new life with loving owners.

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“We’re happy to report that Saint Vincent is no longer in the ICU, he’s now walking and he’ll be able to go home,” said Dr. Brett Levitzke, medical director of VERG. “Fortunately for him, his condition, while severe, did not require surgery.”

The 10- to 12-year-old shepherd-mix male canine is walking again, albeit with a limp, and left for his transitory home.

New York Bully Crew, a nonprofit that helps animals in need, will temporarily house Saint Vincent while the rescue organization carefully combs through adoption applications.

“Our job now is to continue the healing process that VERG put into motion and to ensure a continuous safe environment for Saint Vincent to flourish and find the perfect home for him to finally settle into and receive unconditional love and nurturing,” Founder of New York Bully Crew Craig Fields said.

The canine was found in the garbage with his mouth tied shut near Jackie Robinson Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue.

He suffered hip dysplasia, severe neglect and infections from lying in his own waste for several days.

After discovering the dog, police officers requested the help of New York Bully Crew to transport the animal to VERG’s Marine Park location.

Emergency veterinarians provided Saint Vincent with life-saving IV fluids and gave him antibiotics. They also ran extensive blood work to check on his organ systems and provided him with nursing and supportive care.

Vets also conducted x-rays and an MRI on his spine. He received fluid therapy and pain management protocol.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has offered a $5,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the person who harmed Saint Vincent.

PETA placed posters advertising its reward in the immediate area around where Saint Vincent was found.

The notices advertise the payment and direct people to contact law enforcement with any information about the incident.

PETA’s Emergency Response Division Manager Kristin Rickman warned that individuals who harm animals might also pose a threat to humans.

“Anyone who abuses animals rarely does so only once and almost never stops there,” Rickman told the Brooklyn Eagle. “Animal abuse is a red flag for conduct disorders so whoever did this poses a threat to the community.

“We hope that with the assistance of our reward, someone who knows something will come forward.”

Anyone with information regarding the individual who harmed Saint Vincent is urged to contact NYPD or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


Anyone interested in adopting Saint Vincent should visit www.nybullycrew.org/adopt-foster-application.


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