A Queens family was reunited with their lost dog last week after the animal was discovered at a Manhattan adoption event.
“We were in the city and we heard about this event and as we were driving we were like, let’s go check it out,” the lost dog owner told the Daily News. As the family arrived at a Sunday adoption event held by Animal Care Centers of New York City in Union Square Park, one of the four-legged creatures that were up for adoption reminded them of their dog Mocha, a pitbull who had gone missing five months previously.
When the dog saw the family, which includes a 6-year-old girl and two boys, aged 10 and 11, she instantly perked her ears up and began bouncing in joy. She later replied when the name ‘Mocha’ was called, confirming the family’s hopes that she was indeed their missing dog.
The animal had reportedly run away after having being left in the care of a dog sitter during her family’s week-long vacation in January. Mocha had been residing with the Animal Cares Center staff under the name Sandy since she was discovered last month tied to a post close to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in East New York, Brooklyn.
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During her stay, volunteers from NYCACC noted that Mocha’s “temperament was that of a true family dog.”
“She looked exhausted. She lost a lot of weight,” the owner said. “I was hoping she was okay, that’s all I was hoping. She’s not dead. Being that this is a pitbull, they’re known to either use them for bait or fighting. I noticed that she wasn’t used in any of that. She didn’t have any scars or anything like that. That’s definitely a relief”.
The family now anticipates spending the summer reestablishing Mocha’s healthy habits and indulging her with her preferred diet – raw beef.