BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – A fluffy, furry, friend is in need of a loving home after concerned citizens found her trembling with fear in her pet carrier on the side of the road in Bronxville last week.
Miley, a 1-year-old Westie mix, was found on Wednesday, April 16 by members of the SPCA of Westchester’s Law Enforcement Division after they received an alert that an abandoned dog was in duress after being left on Oriole Avenue near Concordia College.
Ernest Lungaro, the division’s director, noted that this was a curious case because Miley showed no signs of neglect, and outside of being left without food or water for several hours, appeared to be in relatively good condition.
“There weren’t any signs of neglect, which kind of separates this case from many of the ones we’re used to,” he said. “When we got there at about 4 p.m., she was scared, and we couldn’t pick her up, but since then the temperament has been excellent.”
The motive behind the abandonment remains something of a mystery among Lungaro and his peers. In cases like this, it can be anything from a domestic argument to a college student that found he couldn’t take care of a pet.
“We really don’t have a lot of answers,” Lungaro said. “There’s any number of situations, so we’re hoping that with a little bit of publicity we may be able to take care of it.”
Lungaro said Miley has quickly become an SPCA favorite, and he expects the young pup won’t be in need of a home for long. He added that the Westie mix has shown an upbeat attitude and has gotten along with every person, dog and cat she’s encountered since readjusting to life outside of her carrier.
Although Miley isn’t currently spayed, Lungaro said that the procedure would be completed before she is taken to her permanent home.
“The first day, the dog felt most secure within her crate, but after a few days she got comfortable with the staff members and is really running around,” he said. “She won’t be at the shelter long, I could see her going as soon as next week.”
Miley may have been found in worse shape if not for the due diligence of a pair of concerned citizens, who alerted the SPCA to the abandoned dog by utilizing the confidential emergency hotline. If you see an animal in need or know of an animal in trouble, call the SPCA Animal Cruelty Hotline anonymously at (914) 941-7797.