Holdin’ Out for a Hero
In April 2008, while investigating a cruelty complaint in Queens, NY, ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Special Agent Brad English found two pit bulls, a male and female, chained up in a yard. “I saw the male attack the female,” recalls English. “She had several puncture wounds on her body and was very thin. She couldn’t get any food because the male was guarding it.”
In dire need of medical care, the docile female was brought to the ASPCA Bergh Memorial Hospital, where veterinarians attended to her wounds and crowned her with a heroic name, Lois Lane. Says the ASPCA's Dr. Robert Reisman, Veterinarian and Coordinator of Abuse Cases, “Not only did she come in with multiple bite wounds on her body, but a wound on her right front leg had gotten so badly infected that she couldn’t put any weight on it.”
By January 2009, after being treated by ASPCA veterinarians, the well-healed Lois Lane was adopted by Brooklyn resident Matthew Pace. “I was looking for a dog with energy and personality,” Pace recalls. “I saw Lois’ video on the ASPCA website and fell in love.” When Pace visited the ASPCA Adoption Center, little Lois apparently got that lovin’ feeling, too. “She was the first dog I met,” Pace recalls, “and as I walked around meeting others, I saw her peering through the window of her kennel at me.”
Now 2 years old and thoroughly settled into her new life, this little heroine has left her past behind. “She's so sweet and smart, it blows my mind,” Pace says of Lois, who not only indulges in couch-cuddlin’, but boldly demands play time. “When she wants to play, she just grabs the nearest toy and either puts it in my lap or tries to put it in my hand.”
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