After three years in a shelter, Tank is finally going home.
Tank, a 110-pound bull dog, spent years as the longest tenured resident at a Brooklyn, New York, no-kill shelter. He was left at the shelter by an Animal Control worker who could no longer afford to keep him.
Thousands of prospective owners passed through Brooklyn’s Top Dog shelter during Tank’s stay, but each time the dog seeker left with a smaller or younger pup in hand.
“He was just left here,” Top Dog owner Pedro Rosario told the New York Daily News. “It was sad. We thought he’d be here for a short stay, but he was here for nearly three years.”
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All that changed after Top Dog volunteer Gabriel Maldonado started spending time with Tank. He quickly developed an affinity for Tank, and, after a few weeks, started thinking about adopting him as his own.
“I would walk six or seven dogs and always take Tank out last because I liked spending time with him,” said Maldonado. “Then I started thinking about him when I was at home all the time. He’d been living in a locked-up cage for 2 1/2 years.”
Maldonado ended up adopting Tank, and both he and the hulking English bulldog couldn’t be happier with their newfound companionship. Rosario is thrilled for his former longtime tenant, too.
“It’s a great story,” Rosario said. “Here’s a dog that was left here — that was unwanted — and now he has a real home.”
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Sources: New York Daily News / Photo Credit: Gabriel Maldonado