Everyone is rooting for Oreo, the 1-year-old dog that was allegedly thrown off the roof of a Brooklyn housing project by a 19-year-old. The Daily News says its readers have been emailing, asking if the dog has been adopted yet; one hopeful reader wrote, "Oreo surviving was an absolute miracle and we believe she survived for a reason and would love to help raise her in a loving home. [We] have a big yard for her to run around in."
ASPCA Special Agent Joseph Pentangelo told the News, "We have to get her squared away medically first because even though she's had surgery on her front legs, I'm not sure that's going to be the last. She's young and we are hopeful. But it's one step at a time at this stage... She's showing a lot of resilience. She's eating on her own. She's standing. She is walking. But I don't want to be premature." He also added, "There are plenty of animals - she's one of them - that definitely need help." According to the Post, it's believed that Oreo's fall was slowed by AC units at the Red Hook Houses (Oreo's four limbs were still shattered).
As for man accused of throwing Oreo off the roof, Fabian Henderson, 19, pleaded not guilty to charges of animal cruelty, reckless endangerment and criminal trespass. The Post reports, "The complaint against Henderson also notes that Oreo's skin was infected around her stomach and armpits, suggesting he mistreated her before tossing off the roof." He is being held on $50,000 bail.
Here's the ASPCA's adoption database for NYC. This week's pet of the week is the adorable Meatball, a pit bull who was originally adopted from the ASPCA by a NJ family; unfortunately the family lost its home and Meatball is looking for a new home.