MANHATTAN, New York – The Pet Pardons organization released an urgent bulletin Sunday asking the public for their help in finding a home for a one-year-old male Pit Bull Terrier named Max who made international headlines in May after being ruthlessly attacked in an elevator by his owner and placed into shelter care where he still awaits possible euthanization at any time.
Video on the left shows the attack on Max by his owner
Max became the focus of an intense public outcry in May of 2011 when video surfaced on the news and the Internet of his owner repeatedly kicking, punching and whipping him inside the elevator of a Harlem apartment building. During the attack, the 46-year-old man went so far as to use the handle on his leash as a whip and a club, striking Max repeatedly in the head before finally moving on to punching him and stomping on his body. Max was immediately removed and placed into the care of the Manhattan Animal Care Center where to the astonishment of many, he still remains without a family or a friend, and still risks being put down at any time.
The Pet Pardons Facebook application has been responsible for the successful adoption of over 5,000 pets since its launch in December of 2010 and has amassed over 170,000 followers on Facebook who are ready to help advocate for an animal in need at a moment’s notice.
Members of the Pet Pardons community are given daily Facebook bulletins and updates, allowing them to share the stories of pets in need or even take direct action to adopt or donate money to save the life of the pet. The reasons for how these animals end up in shelters are as numerous as the reasons why there are so many dedicated volunteers working hard every day to save innocent lives.
Pet Pardons allows its members to help pets by clicking the “Advocate” button on each pet’s profile, which places the pet’s bulletin on the user’s wall, allowing others to see the pet and advocate for it. As the number of shares increases, so do the chances of the pet being viewed by someone who can help or adopt.
Max has pulled through his ordeal with flying colors as far as most volunteer staff are concerned. He is alert, happy, energetic and just wants to be loved as much as he loves the rest of the world. When Max was originally assessed he was noted to have some questionable behavior when it comes to the removal of food or toys from his possession. A video shot of Max recently however shows him having no problems as originally assessed, but any potential adopter should keep this in mind so Max can get the proper training and education he needs to be the best pup he can be.
Pet Pardons educates the public about pet overpopulation, focusing on the importance of adoption and spay/neuter. By shining a light on the reality for shelter pets, people are becoming aware of the problem, and therefore, getting involved in the solution. As each amazing pet is featured, users are able to see their faces, connect with their stories, and advocate to save their lives.
Pet and animal advocacy can sometimes be a very emotional process. Volunteers place animals into the Pet Pardons application in hopes that they will be adopted into loving homes, not so that the shelters will be targeted and harassed. Please help the pets by not engaging in this type of behavior, as it hurts them far more than it helps them.
Max currently only has 1 advocate on the Pet Pardons application, and could use a lot more, especially those who would be willing to supply transportation to a new forever home if needed.
If you are interested in learning more about Max or you would like to adopt him, please click right HERE to go straight to his Pet Pardons page.
If you are interested in joining the Pet Pardons community on Facebook, you can do so by clicking HERE, because the next shelter pet given a second chance at life could be the one that you save today.
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