- Spay/Neutered status: No
326 East 110 Street
New York, NY 10029 US
- Golden Retriever / Mixed (short coat)
- Animal Care and Control of New York City - Manhattan
- New York, NY 10029
A staff member writes: When I first met Layson, he was being led into the shelter from the lobby. His fur was unkempt and dirty, his movement labored, his face an angry grimace. He seemed feeble and needed to be propelled forward by his handler.There was no doubt in my mind that he was a senior citizen. When I visited him later, he lay still in his kennel without looking up, lips pursed emitting a low growl at the sound of my voice, uninterested in treats or a walk outside. Layson just wanted to be left alone. The next day I knew he would have to do his business, or at least have his kennel cleaned and blankets changed, so I was more insistent. He was sitting up this time. His eyes were clear and his clean white teeth formidably bared. Maybe not so old after all? I opened his kennel door and he glared and snarled, but did not move. I threw the soft rope and it landed around his neck as he pulled back and held his ground. I loosened my hold and stood there for a few minutes before Layson made the decision to step out. He did so gingerly and with calculated moves. I saw that he seemed to limp on his right front leg, and his back legs seemed unsteady. His entire body was slightly hunched over. On the way out Layson froze but, with encouragement, he began walking ever so slowly. It took some effort, but he made it up the stairs to the backyard and did his business slightly off balance with a slow lifting of his leg. Watching Layson outdoors broke my heart. He stood stoically, tried a bit of sniffing, froze, tried again, froze. So much effort, so much courage. Maybe Layson has never had the guidance and support he needs. Maybe he has never been touched tenderly or spoken to lovingly. Right now he needs a true hero who will help relieve his present suffering and commit to offering him a new future.