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Update on 'Banks' the dog who was surrendered by girlfriend of deployed soldier

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In late May, an article about a one-year-old pit bull mix named "Banks" was published in an effort to save the dog from being destroyed at the New York Animal Care and Control facility where he had been surrendered.

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According to the surrender paperwork, Banks was surrendered by the girlfriend of a deployed soldier - the woman claimed that she did not have enough time for the dog.

Banks was one of the lucky ones - with the help of the rescue agency Pibbles & More Animal Rescue (PMAR), Banks is now in his forever home with Leigh Turner.

Turner emailed the National Dog News Examiner with the following update:

Banks is now home and starting to adjust. Banks is settling very well in our home. He will never feel abandonment again. He has found his last and final home. He is my baby now.

After Banks was freed from animal control, hints at his prior life were revealed...pressure sores on his body suggested that he was crated for long periods of time and he was also suffering from mange. Those maladies have been addressed and Turner has vowed that he will never be neglected again - she stated:

His life will be filled with nothing but love from here until he takes his last breath.
Thank you for all the support he's been shown. There are many people to thank for helping with this connection but without Pibbles & More Animal Rescue (PMAR) none of this would have happened and Banks would likely no longer be with us.

Note: Efforts to locate the deployed soldier were made before Banks was adopted to Turner, and notes on the dog's surrender paperwork indicate that the soldier had not yet deployed and as such, he likely knew that Banks was being turned over to animal control.

Prior story about Banks here.

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