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Home at last: Lou poses with his new sibling Andrew Piorkowski at his new Manville, N.J., home after a pack of loving Ridgites took him from abandoned to adopted.
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His dog days of summer are behind him!

A kind-hearted pack of Ridgites rallied around a forsaken pooch who was left tied to a fence in the pouring rain last month, bringing him from abandoned to adopted in a matter of weeks. The Ridgite who originally found the pup said he felt a connection from the moment he saw him.

“I saw the sadness and the pain in this dog, and it really did hit me on some type of personal level,” said Anthony Elias. “It’s tragic that somebody could leave a life out there to fend for itself.”

Elias found the 20–30 pound dog — dubbed Lou by his savior — tied to a fence with an old, ripped harness and leash outside the Taco Bell at Fourth Avenue and 87th Street on the night of Aug. 18. He said he could tell that the young pup had been mistreated, or at least had suffered, looking malnourished and like he had suffered broken bones in his legs, Elias said.

“He wasn’t properly cared for, and he was still very young. He was whimpering like a little baby and you could see it in his face, he was still a puppy,” he said.

After he untied Lou from the fence, Elias brought him into the Taco Bell to make sure his owner had not simply left him outside. When nobody inside claimed the dog, Elias said he spent the next two hours in the rain, walking Lou up and down 85th and 86th Streets between Third and Fourth Avenues to try to find his owner. Eventually, he bumped into another pair of Ridgites and told them about his plight.

Mallory McMahon said she and her partner, Alan Holt, knew that they had to help when Elias told them that he was planning on bringing Lou to a shelter, where she worried the dog would be put down.

The couple offered to take Lou home, and that night McMahon posted a photo of Lou with information about how he was found on the “Lost and Found Pets of Brooklyn” and “Bay Ridge Pets” Facebook groups with her phone number in the hope of finding someone who could take Lou in permanently, since she could not.

“The only thing that I regret is that I couldn’t have kept him,” McMahon said. “Between his size and his age — puppies are a ton of work. I knew there was some place better for him that wasn’t with me.”

While waiting for a permanent home, Lou stayed with a friend of McMahon’s in New Jersey, who said the pup had a difficult adjustment at first, and that he was scared of her four other, bigger dogs — two Pitbulls, a Rotweiller, and a Beagle — but soon started playing with his new siblings, and more than anything else, he ate.

“He put on some weight and he filled out,” Christine Abood said. “He was super hungry — he just wanted to eat all day, every day.”

Lou finally found a loving, permanent home on Sept. 12 with Abood’s neighbor, who saw a post about Lou on Facebook and quickly fell in love.

“I just thought he was the cutest thing,” said Christine Piorkowski. “[Abood] brought him over to meet my other dogs and they instantly connected, and I thought it’d be a cute match.”

Piorkowski said that Lou is thriving in his new home — even if he prefers sleeping on the floor to his dog bed.

“He’s doing really well,” she said. “He’s active and running and healthy. But he doesn’t allow himself to be spoiled.”

The Ridgite who first found Lou said he is glad Lou found a home, and that he would gladly go back and do it all over again.

“I would do it again, because I know that my heart was in the right place,” Elias said. “I am definitely touched knowing that Lou is safe and sound.”

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 11:32 am, September 19, 2017
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LABJ from Bay Ridge says:
I love this story. Something with a happy ending for a change. People who abuse, neglect and/or abandon animals are the same people who would abuse or neglect the elderly, sick or little children.

I guess it makes them feel bigger and stronger. How pathetic!

I am so glad that Lou found a loving home. God Bless those who found him and took care of him until he was placed with a family.
Sept. 19, 2017, 7:49 pm
Mallory from Bay Ridge says:
Thanks to the Brooklyn Daily for sharing Lou's story.
One clarification I'd like to make is that the "friend" in New Jersey was actually a foster home affiliated with Second Chance Rescue NYC, and they're the group that helped Lou find his forever home with Christine. I'd love to encourage everyone who can to make a donation to Second Chance, who do amazing, incredible work for abandoned and homeless dogs: www.nycsecondchancerescue.org/
Sept. 20, 2017, Noon

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