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Family dog rescued seven years ago, surrendered back to high kill shelter

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For seven years Toby, the German shepherd mix with the greatest "doggie" disposition, lived with his family after having been rescued as a one-year-old puppy from the New York City Animal Care and Control. He was house trained, brushed, well fed and cared for, loved, played with, and revered; that is until Dec. 9, when he was surrendered back to the shelter:

"Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your dog? TOBY IS A VERY LOVING DOG. WE CAN NO LONGER TAKE CARE OF HIM BECAUSE OF CHANGES IN OUR HOME SCHEDULE."

And now Toby, known by the Brooklyn Center of New York City Animal Care and Control as A0601805, sits all alone in a kennel on the Urgent Death Row Dogs list.

For Toby, there may never be another holiday, another soft bed, or a kind face to lick; owner surrendered dogs don't have to be held for any minimum amount of time, however this particular sociable, bright, alert, and playful dog has managed to capture the attention of some fearless fighters hoping to find the right family to rescue Toby once again.

According to Toby's evaluation, he is well-adjusted and kind:

"Toby was calm and relaxed during handling, as well as when playing tag with the assessor. He took the toy, and rawhide items away with soft body language on this portion of the assessment. Toby only displayed minimal interest in the food, and proved confident when approaching the helper dog, but showed no aggression."

Interested in giving Toby one more chance at happiness? Twice he has been let down, but the third time is known as the "charm."

Follow Toby's story on Facebook and help to find him a new home by sharing his story with your friends, family, and coworkers. Help Toby celebrate the holidays with his new family.

Dogs are not disposable; show the world how each life is precious.

"For more information on adopting from the NYC AC&C, or to find a rescue to assist, please read the following:

For more info on behavior codes and ratings, please read here:

For more information on a particular dog, email but ONLY if serious about adopting, and ONLY if you are able to GO TO the shelter in-person. Please do not email for status updates... the only thing you will accomplish is spamming their inbox and causing REAL adopter emails to go unnoticed.

Contact the NYC ACC at (212) 788-4000 for further automated instructions."

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