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Cops save dog left inside hot car in Forest Hills

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo via Twitter/@NYPD112Pct

Two police officers came to the rescue of a small dog this weekend in Forest Hills after its owner left it inside a hot car for over an hour, according to the NYPD.

Police officers Timothy Geary and Joseph Reagan of the 112th Precinct were reportedly patrolling the area on Sunday when at about 3:45 p.m. they responded to a call from someone who spotted the dog in the car on the corner of Yellowstone and Queens boulevards.

According to published reports, police were able to unlock the car through one of the door windows which was left somewhat open. Once they got the dog out of the car, the police officers gave it some water.

The pooch’s owner reportedly returned to her car shortly after and was issued a summons for leaving the dog in the car during extreme weather.

After tweeting about the rescue on Sunday, the 112th Precinct also reminded people to be sure to take care of your loved ones — including pets.


Bill could give tax credit to New Yorkers who adopt pets

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Fido might soon be able to pay you back for taking him out of a shelter.

Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras introduced to the City Council on Thursday a bill that would offer a $100 state tax credit to New Yorkers who have adopted a dog or cat from a shelter.

If the bill is taken up by the New York State Legislature and passed, it would make New York the first state to offer such a credit in the nation.

“Encouraging New Yorkers with a tax credit to adopt pets is not only compassionate but would bring relief to our overburdened animal shelters and to animal lovers who want to adopt but are weary of the initial costs,” Ferreras said. “In addition, the companionship of a pet has proven health and social benefits for adults and children.”

State Senator Kevin Parker is the prime sponsor of the bill in the state Senate.

“Councilwoman Ferreras’ resolution in support of my Senate bill S. 2894 provides a tax credit incentive to help offset adoption fees, vaccinations and initial pet care, significantly cutting the public cost of caring, feeding and providing medical care to pets that are often euthanized with an alternative and happier solution,” Parker said. “ Ferreras’ noteworthy resolution sets an example for other cities to do the same.”

According to statistics provided by the councilwoman, Animal Care & Control of New York City, the city’s contracted animal rescue organization, took in 29,809 cats and dogs between October 2013 and September 2014. Out of that number, over 6,100 were adopted.

“We have so many wonderful animals looking for loving homes each and every day, and welcome initiatives such as a pet tax credit that may encourage more New Yorkers to help make a difference for our city’s homeless cats and dogs,” said Risa Weinstock, executive director of Animal Care & Control.


Dog heartlessly thrown from car is put down

| slicata@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Charlotte Butler

The sad tale of Dasher, a dog who was tossed from a moving car last month, came to an end late last week when the poor pooch was humanely euthanized by the ASPCA once it was determined she could not recover from her injuries and illnesses.

The female Rottweiler captivated the public’s attention after a firefighter discovered her wrapped in a sleeping bag at the intersection of Vermont and Cypress Avenue next to the Jackie Robinson Parkway on the night of Nov. 20. She received extensive medical treatment but was not responding to it, according to the ASPCA.

“Dasher, a senior Rottweiler, received extensive medical care for nearly a week at BluePearl Queens and the ASPCA Animal Hospital. After thorough examinations by multiple veterinary specialists and round-the-clock efforts to improve her delicate condition, Dasher was not responding to treatment,” APSCA officials said. “Due to several serious medical complications that were causing significant discomfort and leading to a poor quality of life, Dasher was humanely euthanized late last week to end her suffering.”

A fundraiser took place in her name on Nov. 26 to pay for the medical expenses for Dasher. Charlotte Butler, president of the Canine Korral Dog Run Friends of Forest Park, the organization that sponsored the fundraiser along with Neir’s Tavern, was heartbroken by news that the pooch had passed away.

“I was unbelievably saddened to find out she passed on,” Butler said.

At the event, they raised over $1,100 for the pup’s medical expenses. Butler is now in the process of figuring out the best place to donate the money.

This case is still under investigation by the NYPD and anyone with more information of this case is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.


Fundraiser to help dog who was thrown from car

| slicata@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Project Woodhaven

She was wrapped in a sleeping bag, thrown from a car in Glendale and left for dead.

Dasher, a young Rottweiler, had a bleak chance of survival when she was left at the intersection of Vermont and Cypress Avenue next to the Jackie Robinson Parkway on the night of Nov. 20, according to published reports.

But a quick response may have saved her life. She is currently seeking treatment at the New York City ASPCA but medical bills are racking up fast.

A firefighter at the scene decided that if Dasher survived he would adopt her.

To help the first responder pay for the medical bills, one local restaurant is holding a fundraiser on Wednesday.

Nier’s Tavern, located at 87-48 78th St. in Woodhaven, along with K9 Korral Inc. will be hosting the event from 5 to 9 p.m.

The event is called the “Let’s bring Dasher home fundraiser,” and a flyer is asking people to “Please come help this poor girl get better so she can get home.”

There will be food, raffles and entertainment throughout the night, and proceeds will help make sure Dasher finds her way home.

“We want to help get this dog a new home,” said Loycent Gordon, a firefighter and owner of Neir’s Tavern. “If we are not able to take care of pets that is a direct reflection of how we take care of each other.”


Woodside celebrates 3rd Annual ‘Woofside’ Halloween Pet Parade

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Photos courtesy of Woodside on the Move

Tails were wagging this weekend in Woodside as dozens of four-legged members of the community took part in a spooktacular event.

Community organization Woodside on the Move celebrated its third annual “Woofside” Halloween Pet Parade on Saturday.

Dressed in costumes, the pets enjoyed a day filled with music, a parade with their owners, some also dressed up, and a costume contest.

Funniest costume went to a pooch dressed as a martini cocktail with three olives sticking out of a cone, a ballerina won best trick, a family of Ghostbusters won best matching pet and owner, and a Sons of Anarchy biker won best costume, according to Adrian Bordoni, executive director of Woodside on the Move.

Parade participants learned about programs and rescue options and won raffle prizes and vet services from Skillman Pets, Queens Animal Hospital, Heavenly Angels and the ASPCA Therapy program.

The special guest was Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer who has helped allocate funding for the expanded Woodside Dog Run, Bordoni said.

The annual event received contributions from SUDS Mutts, Friends of Sherry Park Dog Run, and the Woodside Dog Run committee.

For more information on future events, contact abeltran@woodsideonthemove.org.



Dog and blind caged cat left on Howard Beach sidewalk

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Giuseppina Licata


An apparently blind cat and a dog were found in Howard Beach on Friday, the dog’s leash attached to the cage that held the tabby.

Several residents noticed the cage on 91st Street between 159th and 160th avenues, and stood watch over the animals waiting for the owner to return, locals said.

After several hours, the residents called local shelters, but were told there was no room.

Pictures of the pets were posted on Facebook, which prompted one Howard Beach resident to take the dog in while another is holding on to the cat until a home can be found for it.



Dancer turns LIC dog walker after cancer battle

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Troy Benson


If you come to New York with a scholarship to study and learn ballet, it may seem a little incongruous to eventually become a dog walker.

Not so, says Ryan Stewart, who, after a bout with cancer derailed his dance career, walks dogs for Long Island City residents who mostly work in the day and cannot do it themselves. “Dancing ballet requires a great deal of patience and the use of physicality to communicate and send meaning. Body awareness and control are qualities that are needed for dog walking with different breeds and personalities.”

Ryan was raised with dogs and is a dog lover. He believes that what he provides is a service to the community, helping to make the joy of dog ownership more complete. One of the things that keeps him busy is the huge growth in dog ownership in the area.

“Although I studied dance and the arts, it seemed inevitable I would work with dogs,” said Ryan. “I was raised one of seven children — kind of like a pack environment.” He laughed. Ryan’s household chore was walking the family field spaniel. He was also born in the Chinese zodiac year of the dog. “What I think influences me the most is being adopted. It seems natural for me to work with dogs, who are also raised by different biological families. We have an unspoken bond.”

First starting as a trainer for dog commercials, Ryan looked for a consistent job with canines. After trying his hand at grooming, he settled on walks as a way to consistently interact with man’s best friend. As his reputation spread he was asked by more and more owners to walk their dogs, and soon he was looking after small packs. He is a familiar and interesting figure in the area and it can be quite startling to see him controlling five to 10 dogs at a time. Any dog owner knows that in any moment one dog might take a disliking to another, so seeing Ryan’s dogs completely at peace with no discord or angry exchanges is quite remarkable.

“Developing an eye for spotting trouble is key,” he said. “If I sense one dog that may be troublesome I put them really close to me to keep a sharper eye on them. I love pit bulls. They get a bad rep but you have to understand the breed. They weren’t bred to herd sheep!”

He said that he doesn’t have a favorite type, but that his next choice for ownership will be a border collie, for their sheer intelligence, or a German shepherd, because of their versatility and trainability, particularly for rescue. “The challenge will be to find a shelter dog who isn’t overly traumatized.”

As far as small or toy dogs are concerned, he says that there is no reason not to walk them with larger dogs — as long as the personality mix is compatible. Also, smaller breeds, or “toy dogs,” tend to live much longer lives than larger breeds, but all dogs and breeds respond to Ryan’s control with affection. He has certain standards when walking groups, not often talking to strangers, which might come across as rude. “My dogs require my full attention.” The coldest day doesn’t alter his no-glove policy. “My fingertips need to feel the leashes.” And the hottest day will never see Ryan wearing sunglasses. “Dogs like to see my eyes.”

Ryan’s original scholarship took him to Alvin Ailey School to study dance. He was scheduled to transfer to Juilliard when a diagnosis of lymphoma derailed his dance career. After 14 months of chemotherapy, Ryan realized that another profession should be looked into. In an interesting display of serendipity, one of Ryan’s most decorated canine mentors, Sue Sternberg, is the daughter of his oncologist. “It was a beautiful moment when I walked up to Mrs. Sternberg and told her that her mother had saved my life.”

Ryan still has a passion for ballet and takes lessons as often as he can during the week. It is difficult to think of a greater contrast to dog walking than dance, but he continues to feed his passion for both. So watch out for him in the neighborhood, and marvel at the discipline and affection that he engenders with the dogs in his care.



Keep your pets safe in the extreme heat

| brennison@queenscourier.com

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The 100 degree heat does not affect only humans, but pets as well.

Pet owners should take steps to ensure their pets remain cool and safe.

“It is imperative that pet owners take precautions and special care of their pets in the next few days,” said Dr. Steven Fox, president and CEO of Central Veterinary Associates. “The hot weather and dehydration can have serious effects on your pet’s health so it is essential to provide your pet with fresh water at all times and maintain a comfortable environment further.”

Central Veterinary Associates has offered some tips to help keep pets safe as the temperature rises:

● Look for signs of heat stroke in your pet — Because of their fur, pets are more susceptible to heat stroke. Signs of heat stroke in pets include a body temperature between 104 and 110 degrees, excessive panting, tongue and gums that are sticky and a dark or bright red color, staggering, stupor or seizures. In extreme cases, heat stroke for pets may result in bloody diarrhea, coma or death.

● Avoid strenuous exercise when it’s really hot outside — The hottest part of the day is between noon and 4 p.m., so that would not be a good time to take your pet for a walk. It is better to exercise your pet either in the early mornings or evenings when the heat is less intense. Also, avoid walking your pet on asphalt or sand, as the hot surface temperature may burn their paws.

● Maintain your pet’s water supply — Always provide a bowl of clean, fresh water for your pet, both inside and outside. Keeping your pet properly hydrated will improve their health and prevent illness.

● Do not leave pets in a home without air conditioning — Without air conditioning, indoor temperatures will reach uncomfortable and often dangerously high levels. Always keep the air conditioning and any fans on for your pets.

● Do not leave pets in a car for any reason — Leaving your pet in a parked car can be a deadly mistake. Even with the windows open, temperatures will rapidly climb to a dangerous level. Leaving your pet unattended in a car will expose them to heat stroke, dehydration, brain damage, suffocation and ultimately death.


Long Island City dog run groomed

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A place to meet and socialize is important for members from all Queens communities – even four-legged ones. That is why elected officials and community leaders transformed a once “ruff” looking dog run into one that canines will agree is through the “roof.”

“This is great. There is so much more space,” said Mitzi Copeland, a Long Island City resident whose dog Stanley took full advantage of a completely-refurbished Vernon Boulevard Dog Run. “She usually meets her friends here and now they have a lot more room to run.”

Stanley and her friends joined Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Catherine Nolan and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer for a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, October 6.

Renovations to the park and dog run include new separate fenced-off areas for large and small dogs, drinking fountains for dogs and their owners, new lighting, new covered trash cans, shade structures, leveled-off grounds and a new dog-friendly gravel surface – all of it situated in a space more than double the size of the old run.

Sadie, a Bermese Mountain dog, showed her howling appreciation with a few hearty romps before sprawling on the ground while her friends bounded around.

“This is the Rolls Royce of dog parks,” said Sadie’s owner’s father, Laurence. “They need more places like this – dogs need to socialize, they need exercise in order to be happy.”

There were plenty of happy dogs present, including one very friendly dog named Reese who welcomed Van Bramer and Gianaris with a very wet token of her appreciation.

“Thank you Reese for the big kiss when I got here. It was a very special moment for all of us,” said Van Bramer. “This new dog run will give the many dog owners in the growing and vibrant neighborhood of Long Island City a newly designed and expanded space for dogs and their owners to exercise safely in.”

Construction on the park cost $150,000 and was funded by the Queens West Development Corporation (QWDC) with collaboration from New York State Parks Department and DOG LIC.

“Dog lovers rejoice!” said Gianaris. “The new Vernon Boulevard Dog Run makes it clear that Long Island City is a pet-friendly community. As western Queens continues to grow and develop more resources for community use, I encourage everyone to visit this new dog run and experience for themselves all the great things this park and the surrounding neighborhood have to offer.”