ZORRO – A1110694
Safe - 5-6-2017 Manhattan
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ZORRO – A1110694
**SAFER: NEW HOPE ONLY**
NEUTERED MALE, WHITE, CHIHUAHUA SH MIX, 1 yr
OWNER SUR – EVALUATE, HOLD RELEASED Reason NO TIME
Intake condition UNSPECIFIE Intake Date 05/01/2017, From NY 10039, DueOut Date 05/01/2017,
Medical Behavior Evaluation YELLOW
Medical Summary DVM Intake Exam Estimated age: 1 year Microchip noted on Intake? positive History : owner surrender b/c owner is pregnant Subjective: QAR Observed Behavior – very nervous; will try to bite Objective BCS 4/9 EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal discharge noted Oral Exam: did not perform thorough oral exam due to temperament; teeth appear white and healthy PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: neutered MSI: RH-grade I MPL with no associated lameness mod interdigital erythema mostly on hind limbs CNS: mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities Rectal:not performed Assessment 1. Patellar luxation RH-grade I 2. interdigital dermatitis-r/o allergies vs other Plan convenia rec’d keeping him lean long term to protect joints; mild patellar luxation is unlikely to progress significantly but if lameness/pain is noted in the future, then surgery should be pursued Prognosis: excellent SURGERY: neutered
PROFILE: 05/01/17 15:34
Basic Information: Zorro is a neutered male white 1 year old Chihuahua shorthair/mix. The previous owners received him as a gift and had him since he was 2 months old. He was surrendered because the family was undergoing some changes and could not provide him proper care.
Socialization: He was aggressive towards strangers as he would bark and snap at them. He was playful with children he lived with ages 4, 7, and 9. He played somewhat rough with adults and children. He bit the previous owner once. He has never bitten another animal.
Behavior: He tended to poop indoors, barked too much and be aggressive towards strangers. He hid during storms and fireworks. The previous owner never attempted to touch his food bowl while he ate. He was not bothered by having his toys and threats taken away. He remained friendly when pushed/pulled off furniture. He was not bothered when disturbed while sleeping. He barked at unfamiliar that approached the home or previous owners.
For a New Family to Know: He was described as a shy, excitable and fearful dog. He was very obedient. He had a very high activity level. He was very playful with kids. He had balls and squeaky toys. He played chase with the kids. He was kept mostly indoors. He slept in his cage. He ate dry dog food 1 cup twice a day. He was mostly house trained. He was well behaved when left alone. He went on slow walk on leash and pulled very hard on leash.
During Intake: Zorro arrived in a carrier and would not come out of it by himself. He was at the rear of the carrier and lunge at the rope multiple times. He snapped multiple times and did crocodile rolls. Admissions counselor did not handle due to his behavior.
KNOWN HISTORY: Full Profile
Neutered, Owner Surrender (Lived with owner for 8 months)
Previously lived with: Adults and 3 children (Ages 4.7 &9)
Behavior toward strangers: Barks and snaps at them
Behavior toward children: Social
Behavior toward dogs: Unknown
Behavior toward cats: Unknown
Resource guarding: None Reported
Bite history: Has bitten previous owner once, has never bitten any other animals
Energy level/descriptors: Shy, excitable and fearful dog with a very high activity level.
SAFER ASSESSMENT: 5/3/17
Summary: In the assessment room, Zorro appeared to be in a panic avoiding the assessor and growling. The assessment was not conducted out of concerns for his stress levels.
DOG-DOG INTERACTION ASSESSMENT:
When introduced off leash to dogs in the care center, Zorro bounces around the pen by himself and does not engage himself with the other dogs.
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR: 5/1/17
During his initial medical exam, Zorro was tense and snapped.
Zorro’s previous owner described him as having a very high level of activity. We recommend long-lasting chews, food puzzles, and hide-and-seek games, in additional to physical exercise, to positively direct his energy and enthusiasm.
RECOMMENDATIONS: New Hope Only
_X_No children (under 13): Due to how uncomfortable Zorro is currently with touch and novel stimuli, as well as his bite history the circumstances and severity of which are not known, we feel that an adult-only home would be most beneficial at this time.
_X_Place with a New Hope partner: Zorro has not acclimated well to the kennel environment and has allowed only minimal handling since intake. We recommend placement with a New Hope partner who can provide any necessary behavior modification (force-free, positive reinforcement-based) and re-evaluate behavior in a stable home environment before placement into a permanent home.
_X_Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Zorro’s previous owner reported that he barks and snaps at strangers and that he has bitten his owner, the circumstances and severity of which are not known. In the care center, he avoids people and growls and snaps at them. Guidance from a professional trainer/behaviorist is recommended to assess behavior after decompression in a new home environment. Force-free, reward based training is advised when introducing or exposing Zorro to new and unfamiliar situations.
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