Please help support Ben, the runaway bait-dog who showed up looking for love on an NYU student film shoot, in his recovery from a life of abuse and starvation. He was in such bad shape that he would have been put down had we brought him to a shelter, so we took him in--over 20 lbs. underweight, with parasites and fresh bite wounds--and have been caring for him ever since. He has required multiple nights of emergency vet care, and while he has made significant progress, he will continue to need medical attention to make a full recovery. As students, we have contributed absolutely all we can, and now we need your help. Any contribution helps. If you can't spread the wealth, spread the word! Any excess money will be donated directly to the ASPCA, Operation Pit program. Thank you all so much! Continue reading for Ben's full story:
The practice of baiting, though disgusting and illegal, is not uncommon. The mild-tempered, smaller (and sweeter) of the dogs are bred and used as bait to train the more aggressive dogs to fight. They are tied up, starved, and attacked routinely, only to be praised for their submissiveness and trained to endure it in return for food and human attention. This was Ben's life before he escaped, chewed rope still tied around his neck and dragging behind him when he found us. His first day home with us, Ben coughed up a sock, which was the first indication that he had eaten anything in days. We took him to the vet and followed the doctor's orders calling for bits of mild food and close watch, but Ben had been so malnourished that after three days with us, his body shut down around 1AM. We rushed him to after-hours emergency care, where he was pumped with fluids and antibiotics. We couldn't afford to admit him overnight, so he was discharged and we stayed up with him two nights in a row, giving him small amounts of food and watching him closesly. But by the third night, it was clear Ben wasn't improving and that he needed serious veterinary care.
With the help of a guardian angel from a local rescue (who had never even met us) we received a huge discount with a local vet and were able to bear the cost as a group, but not without digging deep into savings. Ben will require continued care and medication to remain on the road to recovery, and that's where we need your help.
As if Ben himself, complete with three vet bills, a month’s supply of antibiotics, and special food for healing his digestive tract, wasn't enough, he managed to turn the stove on in the middle of the night, blow up multiple cans of dog food throughout the apartment, and light part of the kitchen on fire. The fire department broke down the door to put out the fire when we weren't home, and in order to keep our NYC security deposit, we had to come up with an additional $850 dollars in total to fix the door, lock, stove-top and clean off the scorched dog food adhered to the walls. Crazy? Yes. True? Unfortunately, 100%. Visit the Gallery page of this site to view the fire damage.
Your donation will go toward Ben’s preliminary veterinary check-up bill (at Prospect Heights Vet), his initial emergency care bill (at 5th Ave. Vet), his emergency overnight stay (at Animal Health Center), his medicine (one month of metronidazole, probiotics, and flea medication), and his disaster damage (above)...to make sure we all can continue to afford his additional care and keep him on the road to full recovery. Any and all excess funds will be donated to ASPCA for their ‘Operation Pit’ program, which provides free spay/neutering procedures, vaccinations and micro-chipping for rescue pit bulls. We will be bringing Ben to Operation Pit to be neutered once he has finished his antibiotics and is in good enough shape for a surgery.
Please help us help Ben to be happy, healthy, and finally at home. Any donation helps. Please spread the word to your animal-loving friends and family, and thank you all so much!