Success: Woman Accused of Abuse Surrenders Dog to Animal Shelter

Dog Katie Salerno

Target: Guardians of Rescue Executive Director, Dori Scofield

Goal: Applaud the Guardians of Rescue for taking one of the dogs reportedly left without adequate shelter during a blizzard in New York

A recent video showed two dogs left outside without adequate protection during a blizzard. The video brought the attention of the media, and also brought the police to the resident’s home. Reports say the resident received a summons with a court date from the police and was threatened with jail time if the dogs’ conditions did not improve. Thanks to strong pressure from animal rights groups and petitions like this on ForceChange, the owner turned one of the dogs over to the Guardians of Rescue.

The animal shelter recently shared a post showing that the more disabled of the dogs, Prince, had been voluntarily surrendered by the owner. Guardians of Rescue also disclosed on their Facebook page that “his cataracts are very bad” and that “[the] old boy is arthritic and fragile.” Posts from the volunteers also indicate that Prince did not get along with the other dog in the home, who is believed to still be living with the owner.

The rescue group has given Prince a full check-up, along with treats and toys to get him settled, while they look for a new home. The shelter warns all interested owners, however, that he will need “a special home to care for his aging body” and encourages those who cannot adopt to donate to help pay for the cost of his care.

Though reports say Egypt still remains with the Brooklyn resident, this petition celebrates at least one win in the struggle to ensure the dogs receive proper care and a good home. Add your name to not only show your support, but help bring awareness to Prince and Egypt’s condition and attract more donations.


Dear Executive Director Scofield,

I write to applaud your organization’s role in improving the welfare of Prince, who was recently surrendered by a Brooklyn resident accused of animal abuse. I know that the winter season is often the busiest for most animal shelters in America due to poor weather conditions, so I thank you for finding the space and resources to care for the dog. It is my understanding that there were other animal shelters involved in and aware of Prince’s situation, but it was you who was able to take the aging dog and provide him with the care he needed.

As you mentioned in your announcement on Facebook, Prince’s fragile health and aging body calls for a very special home to help him readjust and get settled. I know that such a home will be especially hard to find as expenses at this stage of a dog’s life runs high. I hope this petition will generate more awareness and attract donations to help you cover the cost of his care.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Katie Salerno


  1. I am glad that Prince was removed but very concerned for the welfare of any other animal she has on the premises.Why hasn’t the other dog been removed? this woman should NEVER have the privilege of having a companion animal.

  2. jean ogorzaly says:

    Why remove one and leave the other? It won’t be long when the condition of the one left behind deteriorates as well!

  3. I agree that this disgusting, vile, worthless person, should NEVER BE ALLOWED to be in the presence of another animal. Yes, remove the other dog. He is a menace to society. He is also a potential child abuser! Fry his ass.

  4. All I will say is: stupid bitch!

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