CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – The Suffolk County SPCA is trying to find a person or rescue group to adopt or foster a dog with an “aggressive” personality that was found beaten and abandoned in Central Islip.
The dog, a pit bull now named Rocky, was found last month in the middle of the road at Route 111 and Sage Street. The dog had a cable around its neck and a bloody plastic bag was found nearby, SPCA Chief Roy Gross said.
Rocky was taken to Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island in West Islip where veterinarians determined he had been beaten and nearly strangled, Gross said. He also has some neurological damage.
The SPCA is now trying to find a place for Rocky. He does not get along with other animals, has an aggressive personality and needs a person with a strong personality and no other pets, the SPCA said.
“Somebody that will be familiar with this, like a trainer or somebody who knows how to handle an aggressive animal, hopefully could be able to either rehabilitate it or just work with the dog to try to rehabilitate it to get it to come around,” Gross told 1010 WINS. “Having other pets or a family would be out of question. It’s got to be somebody who has the time.”
It is not clear whether Rocky was like this before he was found or if it is a result of his neurological injuries, but Gross said after what happened to Rocky, he deserves a second chance.
“After what this dog Rocky has been through, it’s just absolutely horrible, and the dog certainly deserves to have a second chance,” Gross said.
The SPCA is still offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible in the case.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722. All calls will be kept confidential.