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Dog Rescued In Superstorm Sandy Available For Adoption

Midnight Will Be Going Home With Members Of The Group Guardians Of Rescue
A lab/retriever mix saved at the height of Superstorm Sandy (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

A lab/retriever mix saved at the height of Superstorm Sandy (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

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VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – There’s some good news for a dog injured in Superstorm Sandy.

“Midnight” is getting out of the hospital six months after he was found roaming a storm-ravaged area in Bergen Beach, Brooklyn.

“He was found at the height of Superstorm Sandy around Mill Harbor Development,” said Frank Floridia of the group Guardians of Rescue.

The 6-year-old lab/retriever mix was found by Mary Pellegrino, who brought the animal to the New York City Board of Health. After officials discovered a bite wound on Midnight, Pellegrino was told the dog would have to either be quarantined or euthanized for rabies testing.

Pellegrino did not want to see Midnight killed, but she couldn’t afford the city’s quarantine boarding fee. Central Veterinary Associates heard about the dog’s plight and took Midnight in for $5 a night and the group Best Friends Animal Rescue stepped in to pay the fee.

Midnight has been nursed back to health and is now available for adoption. Floridia said Midnight had a collar, but nobody has come forward to claim the dog.

“We did have some flyers out around the area, [but] nobody has stepped forward yet. So, he will be up for adoption if we can’t find the rightful owner, but either way he’s going to have a great life,” Floridia said.

In the meantime, Midnight will be going home Wednesday with members of the group Guardians of Rescue, which will be handling the adoption.

Robert Misseri of Guardians of Rescue said dozens of pets are still in limbo six months after Sandy. Some, like Midnight, were injured and quarantined. Some were healthy at the time of their rescue, but are still unclaimed. Others were dropped off at shelters or with rescue organizations and never reclaimed by their owners.

To find out how you can help visit the group’s website.

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