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Owner surrenders 16-year-old Chinese Crested pooch to high kill N.Y. shelter

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Sitting alone petrified in a strange, dark kennel is 16-year-old Cliffy; an 11-pound Chinese Crested mix breed dog who at one time must have been adorable, soft, and playful. And now, surrendered by his owner because of "cost," Cliffy's matted coat and an ear infection have placed him on the list to be euthanized.

One can hardly imagine the fear Cliffy must be experiencing as he waits for his family to return and take him home. Cliffy doesn't understand that is never going to happen, and the worst case is that he will die alone; in the presence of strangers who have little compassion for a senior pooch dropped off because he was an inconvenience.

On the questionnaire Cliffy's former family filled out, perhaps this is the most disturbing to animal advocates:

"Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your dog? HE IS A LOVING DOG, HE LISTEN WELL, HE DO NOT USE THE BATHROOM IN HOME."

Cliffy's evaluation proved positive with the following description:

"Cliffy (A0986898) was calm and relaxed during handling, as well as when playing tag with the assessor. He proved a bit difficult to push out of the food bowl, but had soft body language. Cliffy only displayed minimal interest in the toy, and rawhide items on this portion of the assessment. He proved confident when approaching the helper dog, but showed no aggression."

Veterinarian evaluation shows Cliffy to have cataracts and gingivitis. Although he came in extremely matted and underweight, the dog was shampooed and shaved, but considered to be in excellent health considering his age.

At this point, Cliffy is available for adoption. Please click here for instructions.

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