Out of the Hundreds Who Walked By, One Person Finally Saved a Dog Dumped at a Train Station

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A young dog, clearly used as a breeding machine for as long as she was useful, was heartlessly tied up to a railing at a Brooklyn train station and abandoned.  Hundreds of passersby barely even glanced at her, but one woman finally stopped to help, and now Betsey is safe and comfortable for the first time in probably her whole life.

She’s only two years old, but has been churning out puppies for as long as she’s been old enough to do so.  Her nails are so overgrown that walking is painful, and the pressure sores on her joints show that she has been forced to lie down nearly all of the time.  So being deserted at a bustling subway platform during rush hour must have been terribly frightening.


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Brooklyn’s Atlantic terminal sees thousands of travelers every day, yet only one stopped for a moment to pay this girl any attention.  She was still wearing a prong collar, and her former owner ditched her with nothing but a garbage bag as a bed.

“It was determined that she had been there for at least an hour and nobody had called the cops or animal control,” Marisa Grimshaw of Mr. Bones & Co. animal rescue told The Dodo.  “So we can only imagine how many people walked past her — and I’m sure didn’t think it was normal but also didn’t feel compelled to stop and help her.”


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Sarah Borok was on her way home from work when she came across the trembling dog, and she knew she had to help.  She called the police, who contacted animal control.  Borok waited with the “throwaway mama” until they arrived.  The dog was taken to a shelter in Brooklyn and named Betsey.

“Betsey was shy and timid.  But staff at the shelter had no concerns about her behavior. She wagged her tail, let other dogs sniff her,” Grimshaw explained.


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The next day, Borok came to visit and see how she was doing.

“Betsey was excited to see her again the next day at the shelter and definitely remembered her,” Grimshaw said.


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This girl is in need of some serious rest and pampering.  She appears to have already had several litters, her feet are stained with filth, and she has some kind of grime embedded in her fur.  But now she’s being cared for since being pulled from the shelter by Mr. Bones.

Before going to a foster home, she was able to spend her first night with Borok.  It’s a shame that she cannot adopt Betsey, as they seem to get along very well, but it’s just not in the cards.  She will be up for adoption soon, and needs to go to a home with patient people who understand that she has limited dog experiences:  leashes, toys, and treats confound her.


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“She’s extremely sweet,” Grimshaw said.  “She allows everyone she meets to pet her and she’s always eagerly seeking out pets from everyone. She lights up when she sees other dogs and she wags her tail.”

Mr. Bones & Co.  many truly wonderful dogs available for adoption, including Miss Betsey here.  If you are interested and live in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, or Rhode Island, please click here to fill out an adoption application.  If you can’t adopt but would still like to help, please click here to donate towards her medical care.


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32 thoughts on “Out of the Hundreds Who Walked By, One Person Finally Saved a Dog Dumped at a Train Station”

  1. Dogs either bought or adopted, all come from the same place. It’s what you do with them after you get them that means everything. Dogs are such wonderful animals, and give us human’s companionship and love. I wish my family could take Betsey, but I’m sure that someone will snatch her up in a heartbeat. I too most certainly would’ve saved her at the station, despite the many no’s from my husband =D. At least she was left where someone could find her. Remember all, dog spelled backwards is God.

  2. It’s real sad that some left this poor dog like that at the train station. You have no heart ! I hope Betsey finds a forever home. She is going to need lots of love!!!

  3. Better to be left where could be taken to a safe place than what could have happened . Now she can be spayed and live a good life. Be happy little girl.

  4. I hate people that mistreat animals, especially dogs. Anyone that’s ever owned a dog knows that they have feelings and all they want more than anything is to be loved… I really hope this girl finds a loving home where she can finally enjoy life.

  5. How about sticking to the subject everyone. Race and politics??? Really? We can all agree that there are issues with both at times no matter what “side” you choose to The but the animal cruelty continues no matter what. In my opinion, I am happy she made this all out alive and was put in a public place for someone with a little different spirit to save her. Let’s focus on uniting in bad situations and not dividing. These animals need us to stick together.

  6. This is such a sad story, and I really wish this would work out where that beautiful woman and beautiful dog live together. Yes she is in foster care but it’s temporary. I,got my 3rd dog when I was fostering her and I knew after a few months she was not leaving. She so sweet and loving and my other 2 girls except her.


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