UPDATE 4/17 12:20 EST: Treasure and her puppies are safe in the arms of a rescue that committed to care for her and for her puppies. Thank you all for caring, for sharing, and for contacting NYCACC and asking them to do the right thing! The petition has been closed.
This is Treasure.
Although you can’t see it very well in this photo, Treasure is pregnant – very pregnant, with at least 9 puppies. Treasure is so swollen she’s in discomfort and she’s about to give birth at any moment.
Unfortunately, Treasure finds herself at New York City Animal Care and Control.
Yesterday, the rescue coordinators at NYCACC sent out a plea for Treasure hoping that a rescue would step up and save her and her puppies – and the rescue community responded, with several organizations stepping up to take her in. Today NYCACC announced a change – they would still release Treasure to rescue, but only after what is sometimes euphemistically called a “late spay” – a spay and an abortion, an abortion of puppies that would be viable if they were born right now, today. A spay this late in pregnancy is a risky operation – the pups will definitely die, but there is also significant risk to the life of the mother. NYCACC doesn’t have the best track record of surgery at any rate; botched spays and neuters are relatively commonplace.
More than that, these puppies have a place to go. Puppies are in high demand; a rescue willing to care for them until they are old enough for adoption should have no problem at all adopting them. There is no question in my mind that an abortion at this point in Treasure’s pregnancy is wrong; killing puppies that are quite literally about to be born is indefensible.
We need you. We need your help. We need to let NYCACC know that the world is watching them and there will be consequences if they kill animals who have rescues committed to their care.
Please sign this change.org petition – with every signature an email is sent to NYCACC management. There are, unfortunately, no phones to call, and they do not answer them anyway. This is our only hope.
It is Monday, April 16. Treasure’s spay/abort is scheduled for Tuesday, April 17. Please help her and her innocent puppies live.