Police Rescue Dog During Blizzard & Then Learn Her Tragic Backstory


New York Port Authority Police Officers Nicholas Armenti, Manny Luongo and Steve Corrigan captured a terrified and very chilly pooch near the Lincoln Tunnel during Tuesday’s snowstorm. Little did they know that the ordeal was nothing compared to what she had already survived.

Pandy, a 5-year-old Terrier Mix, was rescued from Thailand’s illegal dog meat trade.

A volunteer from the rescue group, Animal Haven, where she is currently up for adoption, was walking Pandy when she became spooked and broke loose. Already a bit skittish due to her harrowing past, the storm must have frightened her even further.

After running 40 blocks through the snowy streets of Manhattan, officer Armenti spotted Pandy running directly into oncoming traffic at the mouth of the tunnel. He called officers Luongo and Corrigan for backup, and they were able to surround her and safely scoop her up. The ASPCA on East 92nd Street located Pandy’s microchip, and the officers delivered her back to Animal Haven.

Staff and volunteers had been frantically searching the area and putting out Facebook pleas for her safe return. They were incredibly grateful to her police escorts, and filled the officers in on just how far Pandy has truly traveled over the past several weeks.

Pandy received treatment for her bloodied paws, torn raw from running across the frozen asphalt, and is now resting comfortably as she awaits her forever home. Her friends at Animal Haven describe her as timid and shy, but incredibly sweet.

PURE JOY! Pandy is back safe at Animal Haven and cuddling with her bunny. We can’t even begin to tell you how grateful…

Posted by Animal Haven on Tuesday, March 14, 2017

She is looking for a patient, understanding adopter who will allow her the time she needs to acclimate to her new life. Think you might be the kind soul Pandy has been searching for? Learn more about her and the adoption process here.

H/T to CBS Local New York

Featured Image via Facebook/Animal Haven

Written by Dina Fantegrossi

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