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Rescued Pit stays in Home thanks to Trainer
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PHOTO BY MICHAEL D. MULLINS
Jane Millerick with Clu.
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By Michael Mullins
Published Fall 2011
Take a walk through a city shelter on any given day and you’ll see row after row of adoptable Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes waiting for a human companion that too often never comes. A great many of these dogs will never leave the shelter alive.

Despite the efforts of local rescue organizations pulling at-risk animals, such as Pit Bulls and adult cats, and placing them in temporary foster homes in the hopes of getting them eventually adopted outright, over 9,300 animals were euthanized in NYC’s Animal Care and Control shelters last year alone.

One shelter dog that did not become a statistic was a 9-year-old Pit Bull mix named Clu, who after being abandoned earlier this year at ACC’s Manhattan shelter, was saved by the combined efforts of two New York women who never met. Still grieving from the loss of her beloved German Shepherd-Blackmouth Cur mix named Bill, Inwood resident Jane Millerick went to ACC’s Manhattan shelter in December 2010 in search of another Shepherd mix, only to find a facility almost exclusively populated by Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes.

Not having much experience with Pit Bulls and well aware of their negative reputation that have come to define the breed for many who don’t know it, Millerick was hesitant in bringing one into her apartment, which she shares with a roommate. However, upon returning to the shelter one month later and again finding no Shepherd mixes, Millerick found herself drawn to a senior Pit Bull she had seen on a previous visit.

“I looked at Clu knowing he had been there a month already. He was all skin and bones.” Millerick continued, “ They let him out of his cage and he was so sweet. I held him tight in my arms and I knew he was the one.”

Shortly after the adoption, Millerick discovered that Clu, though friendly towards people, was dog-aggressive.

As a result of Clu’s strength and size, weighing approximately 75 lbs – most of which is muscle, Millerick found it nearly impossible to restrain Clu when he encountered another dog on the street, which led to two altercations with neighborhood dogs, one of which Millerick is still paying off the vet bill for.
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