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Owner surrenders 11-year-old yellow Lab: 'He's old, I've had him all his life'

How many Lab owners who have lost their dogs to illness would cherish their dog's senior years together?
How many Lab owners who have lost their dogs to illness would cherish their dog's senior years together?
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FINAL UPDATE: On Monday morning, the following devastating news was received:

"IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS THAT SENIOR TOBY WILL BE GOING HOME TO RAINBOW BRIDGE. A mass was detected in his lungs as well as his pneumonia, and he is in pain . The decision was made by his new mom, Karen, and the attending veterinarian.

Godspeed sweet Prince TOBY.., everyone tried for you, and you were LOVED VERY MUCH by many of us. Run free forever."

Goodbye sweet Prince...'till we all meet again at the Rainbow Bridge.'

UPDATE: Toby has been rescued by Rebound Hounds ResQ. On Saturday, Toby was rushed to an emergency veterinarian hospital for abdominal and chest x-rays. He will be staying overnight, however the rescue organization does state Toby is expected to be okay.

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Thank you to everyone for sharing Toby's story. More updates to follow.

Toby is an 11-year-old yellow Labrador retriever who was surrendered by his owner on August 27 to the busy and high kill Manhattan facility of New York City Animal Care and Control. On the surrender form the previous owner writes in, "dog bites."

For 11 years, Toby was part of the family. Following are some of the answers from the information sheet the owner filled out prior to dumping his dog:

Where did this dog come from? FAMILY MEMBER/NEIGHBORS PET

Why are you bringing this dog in? BEHAVIOR. HE'S OLD. I'VE OWNED HIM HIS WHOLE LIFE HE LIVES IN THE HOUSE WITH THE FAMILY.

Does he get along with Children? YES

Does he get along with strangers? YES

Has he bitten anyone in the last 10 days? YES

Other Animals: HAS LIVED WITH CATS

Can you describe his behavior around animals he doesn't live with? GOOD, MAY PASS A DOG HERE OR THERE THAT HE IS WEARY(sic) OF, BUT WONT BARK, GROWL OR TRY TO LUNGE AT THE OTHER DOG.

Personality: IS MORE QUIET, SHY; LESS ACTIVE DUE TO AGE. LIKES TO BE PETTED, HUGGED ETC.

Training: KNOWS SIT WALKS WELL ON LEASH IS HOUSEBROKEN

Does this dog have any behavioral problems that you're aware of? HE MAY BE PROTECTIVE OF HIS FOOD. NO ONE HAS BEEN NEAR HIS FOOD UNTIL THIS INCIDENT.

Does this dog have any medical problems that you're aware of? POSSIBLE HIP PROBLEMS, TAKES A WHILE TO WALK STAIRS & HE HAS A GROWTH ON HIS LEFT REAR SIDE.

A staff member who met Toby on September 3 reports that the 110 pound Toby is

"in search of a quiet place to lay his head. In fact, he seems to prefer lying on bedding in his kennel, content to let you sit there and stroke his head. When he does decide to go outside, he gets up slowly and carefully steps out of the kennel. He is easy to walk, which is impressive for a dog his size. He is calm in his old age and seems happy to greet new people, his tail softly wagging. His favorite people are those who come bearing treats, which he takes gently. My walks with Toby are short but sweet as he seems to tire and walks back to the gate, asking to go back to his bed. Toby is just a sweet, old man looking for a soft place to land."

Toby hardly seems to be an aggressive dog, and so deserves a safe place to enjoy the rest of his life.

When inquiring about Toby, please reference A1012101. A Facebook thread can be accessed by clicking here as animal advocates help to share Toby's story and pledge funds to a qualified rescue organization.

Additional information can be found by clicking here.

For information about New York City Animal Care and Control, please click here. You can call (212)788-4000.

Urgent Death Row Dogs also provides useful information to help with the process of rescue, fostering and adoptions. Please be sure to refer to their helpful knowledge base by clicking here.

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