It was a chilly, rainy afternoon when Joey was first encountered by NYPD Officer Michael Pascale. In his squad car, he was patrolling a public park when he noticed a small black dog hiding among the used needles and broken beer bottles.
Officer Pascale observed that the dog had a thick chain around his neck that was fastening him to a fence. Joey was wet, shivering, and clearly left alone.
Pascale told The Dodo, "He's just looking up at me with these 'Help Me' eyes. "I needed to get him out of here," was the first thought that came to mind.
From Wet and Lost to Safe and Dry
The animal-loving officer brought Joey to the Animal Care Centers of NYC shelter in Brooklyn. As he dried the appreciative dog with a towel, he could feel a special bond forming between them.
Pascale said, "I don't see an animal." "I discern a soul. And I don't steer clear of that."
He sent his wife a picture of the abandoned puppy through SMS. She said, "Bring him home!" at once. If they could just get past one small hurdle, the couple was quick to agree to adopt Joey.
It Seems Like A Lifetime In 72 Hours
The ACC informed Officer Pascale that Joey would need to stay in their care for the required 72-hour stray hold. Any animal, no matter how abandoned or mistreated it appears to be, may have a distressed owner looking for them. A stray hold provides them some time to locate their stolen or lost pet and report it.
Officer Pascale pledged to come back after the two had a difficult goodbye. He kept his word and came back the following day as well as the day after that. Every time they met, they got closer.
The stray hold was finally released, allowing Pascale to adopt Joey. After the paperwork was completed, Joey was led outside to bid Pascale farewell.
As the happy dog showered him with kisses, Officer Pascale vowed to protect him and ensure that he never again suffers from maltreatment or neglect. After that, they went back home to begin their new life as a couple.
A Perfectly Incomplete Resolution
There is now a strong, beloved pet where there was once a starving, scared stray. Joey enjoys taking his father on tours of New York City and relaxing on the couch with his mum. He's become quite the Mama's Boy, observes Officer Pascale.
Although Joey is a great dog—his Instagram handle is @Joey Good Doggo—he isn't perfect. He still dislikes being outside in the rain and occasionally gets into the trash, but overall, he is happy. And others like him.
And that's all a puppy really wants to do.