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Gorgeous slate gray pooch in N.Y.C perfectly adoptable but at risk of euthanasia

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On Saturday, CJ was listed as "super urgent" on the emergency list of Manhattan's New York City Animal Care and Control. This handsome male gray and white pit bull mix - hardly two-years-old, was found as a stray, but his gorgeous coat, his apparent excellent care, and friendly disposition suggests he must be lost.

How sad that his family has not tried to find him.

Nicknamed Mr. Wonderful by the volunteers and staff, CJ is pretty close to the perfect dog; he is house trained, gentle, friendly, loves to play, and is adept at giving kisses and hugs.

During his professional assessment at the shelter, CJ was deemed adoptable by anyone. Maybe he pulls a bit too much on his leash, but he is reported to respond well to correction and would be a wonderful addition to any loving family.

Watch CJ's video and how much fun he has interacting with the volunteer and playing ball.

A volunteer writes:

"Mr. Wonderful is a delight to spend time with. He hugs, he kisses, he goes potty outside, he's friendly, chases a ball and brings it back for another toss, takes treats gently, settles on my lap for more hugs and kisses....I mean really.....his nickname Mr. Wonderful is well deserved!! His only 'flaw' if you could even call it that, is that he pulls on the leash so will benefit from some training. But he's eager to please his person, responds to correction and with proper positive training it should be no big deal. Who knows, with regular walks he may not pull at all. He's fun, friendly, calm, and with just the right amount of energy which says, 'let's play a bit and then let's cuddle.'"

CJ is starting to cough; a sign of an upper respiratory infection so common at animal shelters. Please try to help this beautiful dog find a home.

Follow CJ's thread on Facebook with more information by clicking here. Please refer to ID#A1000199. Please share his story with your friends, family, and coworkers.

Contact the NYC Animal Care and Control at (212) 788-4000 for further automated instructions or click here for additional information.

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