Emaciated Dog Is So Happy to Be Rescued He Can’t Stop Wagging His Tail

Twenty-five-year-old Anthony Esteves was arrested, confessed, and was charged with felony animal cruelty for allowing this poor dog to starve over a three-month period.

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Brewster doesn’t have much of a tail – only a nub – but that hasn’t stopped him from furiously wiggling his heinie since the moment he was rescued!  Staff at Adopt a Boxer Rescue weren’t even sure the severely emaciated dog would survive another day, but the will to live is strong with this one, and he’s recovering like a champ.

A good Samaritan found the abandoned boxer curled up in a field in Ridgewood, Queens, and carried him to a shelter.  They knew the skeletal boy required more specialized care than they were equipped to provide, so they got him into the care of Adopt a Boxer Rescue.



AABR got a frantic call from the NYC shelter director tonight asking for our help for Brewster. He is 25.8 lbs and…

Posted by Adopt a Boxer Rescue on Tuesday, October 13, 2015



AABR has been giving daily updates on his progress:

“Brewster made it through the night!!! He is showing interest in food and has been starting on a slow refeeding schedule of every two hours. He is on fluids and also drinking on his own so he is peeing (a very good sign). He is on antibiotics for some possibly infected pressure sores but other bloodwork just showed anemia (not surprising). The staff there keep commenting on how sweet he is. All in all the positive vibes seem to be working – keep them coming!!”


Our volunteers were able to visit with Brewster today. Look at that little nub go! He is holding his own, but not out of…

Posted by Adopt a Boxer Rescue on Wednesday, October 14, 2015



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Update on Brewster – October 15Brewster update!!! He is still holding his own and is stronger today than he was…

Posted by Adopt a Boxer Rescue on Thursday, October 15, 2015



Then came the excellent news that Brewster’s abused had been identified and caught.  Twenty-five-year-old Anthony Esteves was arrested, confessed, and was charged with felony animal cruelty for allowing this poor dog to starve over a three-month period.

But now Brewster is recovering and loving life with his foster family.  He is happy to meet any person or dog he comes across.



A little clip of Brewster and Benjamin from last night. It has been one week and he has already gained 6 pounds!

Posted by Adopt a Boxer Rescue on Tuesday, October 20, 2015


Many already wish to adopt Brewster, but his recuperation period will be lengthy, and AABR has many other rescued boxers who also very badly need a home.  They operate out of an area between southern Connecticut and northern Virginia, so all applicants must live within those parameters.  For more information and updates, visit their website and Facebook page.


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334 thoughts on “Emaciated Dog Is So Happy to Be Rescued He Can’t Stop Wagging His Tail

  1. So glad he was saved… I’ll never understand how anyone could do something like that to an animal. Makes me sick to my stomach…

  2. That no good pos should be put in prison for years, the laws need to change in all states to protect ALL ANIMALS, this is insane I can’t believe people can be so cruel!!

  3. I love you little one and you have s heart full of love 😉 Father God Brewster reflects your love thank you in advance for his future and perfect health Amen

  4. OMG, bless his precious heart! It makes me hate those who would watch this right under their noses and do nothing to feed their dog. Thank you for helping him. <3

  5. This just makes me want to cry! I don’t know how anyone could do this to a dog with such a big heart. I’m so happy to see that he is finally rescued and on his way to recovery.

  6. There isn’t punishment enough for the person who could do this kind of cruelty and abuse. Thank God for organizations like Adopt a Boxer Rescue!

  7. Seeing these photos has brought me to tears. I hope and pray for him for a speedy recovery.
    I often wonder what type of society we humans really are when I see this mistreatment of our beloved creatures of God?

  8. I am so happy he’s doing good ,, even tho he still has a way to go he looks happy to have the attention and love he’s been getting ..:)))) awe…. Yes thank you for saving this little guy ..

  9. Why are humans so evil to animals, animals just give us love totally and completely, all they want in return is love, somewhere warm to live a walk and food in there bellies, my dogs, ferrets and bearded dragons are my babies. I cannot believe how some people think it’s ok to treat animals so bad, I think their punishment should fit the crime and they should be made an example of!!! Animals are gifts from God and if you don’t like them leave them be and don’t take them.

  10. How the hell can anyone allow that to happen let alone sitting in your home while a member of your family is starving outside?? What kind of monsters are they????

  11. Seriously. WTF is wrong with people??? Starve that bastard for three months…. this lack of proper justice in this country makes me fucking sick! An EYE for an EYE mother fuckers!!! DO onto OTHERS as they have done to you!!!! He starved the dog, let him starve!

  12. I got a dachsund once that wasn’t quite this starved but was being raised outside with two labrador retrievers, so you can guess who got to eat and who didn’t. He was so malnourished that he had dandruff

  13. Omg that is ridiculous! Those people should be made to starve like they starved this poor beautiful baby. I HATE that babies get treated like this ..
    Thank God for the people who rescued this beautiful dog and that it has recovered…. these people don’t get it. Dog spelled backwards is God

  14. aussi longtemps que je vivrai, je ne saurai jamais tolérer que de telles choses puissent arriver, HONTE A TOUS CES BOURREAUX !!!!!!!!!!

  15. Thankyou for all that you do and also the awareness you bring to us all ! Please if anyone ever sees this cruelty over a fence or whatever, report to authorities. This cannot be allowed to happen

  16. How is it that there are people that do this to animals and just don’t care for them. This dog didn’t deserve this kind of treatment. No animal does. Happy to see this dog being able to recover from something so terrible. My prayers are with you …..

  17. I’d like to get a hold of the person that miss treated him like that . Just 10 minutes in a locked room thats all I ask for

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