A disabled New Yorker’s emotional help dog was delivered to the Big Apple pound when she had a medical emergency — and when she tried to get the pup again, he’d been adopted and already had a brand new title, The Post has discovered.
“I literally dropped to my knees when I heard that,” Denise McCurrie, 51, mentioned of her beloved 6-year-old Miniature Schnauzer beforehand named Roscoe, who has lived together with her since he was a pet.
“It’s been a nightmare.”
McCurrie, a former Wall Street underwriter who’s been on incapacity since she left the enterprise in 2008 following the housing market crash, has lengthy suffered from despair and nervousness and on April 16, referred to as 911 while within the throes of a “nervous breakdown,” she informed The Post.
McCurrie mentioned she was dwelling alone and when the NYPD and a staff of emergency medical employees responded to her Bronx house, she requested them to take Roscoe as she was being transported to the hospital to make sure he’d be cared for while she recovered.
The pooch was delivered to the Manhattan arm of the town’s beleaguered Animal Care Center, which has been rocked by a collection of scandals together with documented neglect, misguided behavioral analyses and decisions to euthanize animals with treatable medical circumstances.
McCurrie mentioned that she referred to as ACC quite a few occasions from the hospital, the place she stayed for about two weeks, to allow them to know she was the dog’s proprietor and was receiving medical care. She was bounced round from individual to individual and finally informed they’d “look into it” however on April 19, she discovered her dog had been adopted to certainly one of ACC’s rescue teams and already had a brand new title.
“I was told I was not going to get my dog back,” McCurrie mentioned.
“I had to take him off my screensaver because it was just too painful to see him. We were inseparable. My dog and I went everywhere together, we went shopping to the supermarket together, I used to put him in this little carrier. We were always together.”
Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), who’s been making an attempt to assist McCurrie, mentioned she was “horrified” when she came upon what occurred.
“It was so sad, it could happen to anyone who is single and living alone and has a medical emergency and has an animal that needs to be taken care of during that time period,” Rosenthal informed The Post.
“It’s really a tragic story.”
The ACC mentioned Roscoe “had no identification or microchip” and was transferred to a rescue associate three days after he got here in on April 19, which is in violation of state regulation that requires kilos to carry unidentified canine for as much as 5 days earlier than they are often adopted or euthanized.
“ACC does not have the dog in its possession. We have reached out to the rescue group with whom the dog was placed, and they are currently conferring with legal counsel regarding the situation,” a spokesperson mentioned in an announcement.
It’s not clear what data the NYPD offered to ACC once they dropped off the dog however on the time, Roscoe was being handled for a persistent ear an infection and had a tube that was draining fluid from his ear, McCurrie mentioned. But to the responding officers, the dog seemed to be malnourished and in poor situation, police mentioned.
They added there was additionally a person in McCurrie’s house who informed police he supposed to harm Roscoe however McCurrie emphatically and repeatedly denied there was anybody dwelling together with her or anybody else current on the time, calling the declare “nonsensical.”
The ACC, which has veterinarians look at every dog upon consumption, didn’t say there was proof of neglect or cruelty when Roscoe arrived — solely that he was in “need of medical care.”
The Post reviewed Roscoe’s medical information that confirmed he was receiving common veterinary care and except for the ear an infection, was in good well being.
McCurrie mentioned she is prepared to do “anything” to get Roscoe again, who’s her “primary reason to live.” She mentioned she’ll pay any charges to the rescue who adopted him to cowl any bills and is even prepared to undergo house visits if there’s any considerations about how she’s caring for him.
“The only thing I do all day is make phone calls and try to get somewhere, somehow,” the heartbroken dog mother defined.
“I’m still fighting for this little dog, it’s the only thing I do.”