Update – 12/20/22
At this time, we are looking for a foster but preferably an adopter for Athena. She is ready for a family of her own. The following is a bio of Athena and who would be best suited to make her a member of their family. Some of it is repetitive from our last update, this is because we want to stress what Athena needs. This bio is much more thorough.
They say pictures speak a thousand words, look at these pictures of Athena, look into those eyes, she is certainly not the dog who came in almost dead. You can see the love and trust that she can give even after being so emotionally scarred.
Athena is a great dog, full of energy and a heart full of love despite her rough beginnings. If you are a previous pit bull owner, she would be a good fit. The perfect owner would be a LEADER FIGURE, NOT a person that feels bad for her and NOT a person that feels they can love the abuse from her.
She has learned and improved immensely through Tuncay’s behavioral training. Again, Athena needs a strong male and/or female figure in her life that can follow through with training.
If she senses weakness she will thrive on it. Upon leaving training she will need to follow on with the training notes that will accompany her. If you are the kind of owner that does not have time or patience then she is not for you. Tuncay, who has been doing such amazing work with Athena, will be helping with her adoption.
He will even go to the adopter’s home as many times as needed. He will help the adopter learn the proper way to keep up with Athena’s training and handling.
She responds very well to leadership in a calm manner.
Read Athena’s Bio Below –
Athena needs to be shown strong rules and boundaries but at the same time understand that she is safe. She is crate trained and walks perfectly on a leash.
She has tremendous qualities but all environments should be controlled for a minimum of 2 to 3 months before She is given room. She respects and thrives from good leadership.
Her scars tell her story. She never had it easy, so she needs to understand that she is safe. You should not feel bad for her because she will sense it, and this won’t help her. You should see this as an amazing experience of rags to riches. She does not need to be showered with toys and food. She should be showered with care and love in a controlled environment.
There should be no other dogs as she requires extra time. Upon fostering or adoption, she needs time to decompress and acclimate to her new surroundings. If you are not patient then she is not for you. Athena has had a hard life. She needs to understand healthy love and earned love.
Thank you so much for your love and support of Athena.
If you are looking for a fun girl to be your true best friend, Athena is the dog for you. She will love you endlessly, and be loyal beyond belief. Athena truly is a special dog that never should have made it, but her true stubborn nature and will to live kept her alive.
If you are interested in Athena. please go to bobbiandthestrays.org to fill out an application. You can also call to speak to Bobbi at 917-213-9840.
Athena’s court hearing has again been postponed until January 11, 2023, if you are able to attend, we would appreciate it. If you can’t attend, you can help by writing a letter in support of Athena, to the Honorable Anne T. Donnelly, Nassau County District Attorney, and mail it to Nassau County District Attorney at 262 Old Country Road, Ste 2, Mineola, NY 11501. You can choose to send the letter through email to Anne.email@example.com.
Nobody wants the individual that abused Athena to go free. We all want him to be sentenced to jail time, for treating such an innocent soul in such a hateful, horrendous, and just plain sick manner.
Update – 12/7/22
She has another court hearing Thursday, December 8th, 2022. It would be great if you are able to attend to support Athena. If you can’t attend, you can write a letter in support of Athena to the Honorable Anne T. Donnelly, Nassau County District Attorney, and mail it to Nassau County District Attorney 262 Old Country Road, Ste 2, Mineola, New York 11501.
We are looking for prospective adopters for Athena, this is some information regarding the type of person/s that she needs.
Athena is a great dog. Full of energy and a heart full of love despite her rough beginnings. If you are a previous pit bull owner, she would be a good fit. The perfect owner would be a leader figure. Not a person that feels bad for her. Not a person that feels they can love the abuse from her. She has come so far with training.
She needs a strong male and female figure in her life that can follow through with training because if she senses weakness, she will thrive on it. Upon leaving training she will need to follow on with the training notes that will accompany her. If you are the kind of owner that does not have time or patience, then she is not for you.
There should be no other dogs as she requires more time to decompress and learn her new surroundings.
We will give you more information regarding her needs in our next update next week.
Update – 10/14/22
You’d never tell that this is the same dog that we got a few months ago.
Athena is looking fantastic. She is a picture of pure health. Athena loves to play and run around on the roof of the vet’s office. She is finally leaving the vet and will be going to stay with a dog trainer at his home for a couple of weeks. Due to the trauma that she went through she has a few issues that need to be addressed.
As far as the criminal court hearings, they keep postponing the dates. The last hearing that we attended, was again postponed to November 2, 2022.
A source informed us that this is a tactic that the lawyer uses to drag out the hearing hoping that people will forget about Athena. This would help the lawyer to get a deal for the person that abused her, so that he can get away without doing any jail time.
For this reason we urge people to keep showing up at the hearings to show support for Athena.
Again, thank you for all of your support and kindness toward Athena.
Update – 9/6/22
REMINDER – ATHENA’S 2ND COURT HEARING IS TOMORROW, 9/7/22, AT NASSAU DISTRICT COUNTY COURT, 99 MAIN STREET, HEMPSTEAD, NY 11550. DOORS OPEN AT 8:00 AM. IF YOU CAN BE PRESENT AT THE HEARING, WE WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE IT. HAVING MANY ATHENA SUPPORTERS AT THE HEARING WILL SHOW THE JUDGE THAT PEOPLE ARE FOLLOWING THIS CASE, AND HOPEFULLY, CONVICT THE DEFENDANT. NO PICTURES OR SIGNS ARE ALLOWED.
Athena is healing very well. As you can see in this video, ATHENA’S VIDEO, she is looking better and better and loves toys. You can see some of the wounds which have been healing nicely. She has gained approximately 20 pounds since we first rescued her, and still needs to gain approximately another 10 pounds to be at her optimal weight. She has already been spayed and recovered.
Due to her past abuse, she was taking Prozac and Gabapentin for a few weeks to help her with her emotional trauma. At this moment she is off all medications and is doing pretty good.
Athena will remain at the vet a little longer but when she is discharged, we will need a foster home for her. After the severe abuse that she’s been through, we don’t want to have her at the shelter. She needs a home where she will feel completely comfortable and stress-free.
At this time all of our fosters already have animals, therefore, we are asking anyone that would be willing to volunteer to foster Athena, to fill out an Adoption/Foster application. You can find one at this link https://bobbiandthestrays.org/adoption-page-new/
Please note that we have the following requirements for Athena’s prospective foster.
Since we have not been able to make a proper behavioral assessment on her because the only environment that she has been in is at the veterinarian’s, we must take many precautions.
The foster home that she goes to must be completely free of animals, not only cats and dogs but bunnies, guinea pigs, birds, hamsters, etc.
No children younger than 18 years old should be living in the home. You must have a yard where Athena can play and be trained. At this point, we don’t even know if she would be able to go for walks on the street.
Athena has shown some food and toy aggression, which is understandable, after being starved for so long, and probably never experienced the fun of playing with toys.
It would be very helpful if you have some knowledge of dog body language so that you can do the most for Athena. The person that becomes the foster will have help from our volunteer dog trainer.
Again, we thank you for showing Athena compassion, kindness, good wishes, and financial support. She has already come a long way and you have been a part of her rescue, the care that she’s getting, and her recovery.
Update – 8/5/22
We all want JUSTICE FOR ATHENA – AND YOU CAN HELP
Damian Douglas, Athena’s former owner, appeared in court on 8/2/22, but the hearing was postponed until 9/7/22. If he is convicted he will spend ONLY ONE year in jail. Damian’s lawyer is going to try to make a deal. We are trying to get as many supporters to attend the hearing on Athena’s behalf. Pressure has to be placed on the judge to make the right decision, which is jail time. We have to make a stand for Athena and all abused animals. If enough people show up, there’s a chance that the media may get involved. We would appreciate it if you are able to support Athena by showing up at the hearing.
Nassau District County Court
WE WILL CONTINUE POSTING REGULAR UPDATES ON HER RECOVERY.
These are just two of the latest pictures of some of Athena’s many injuries. Click on the (NEW ATHENA VIDEO) button to see a new video of Athena. She has been improving every day. Athena has gained 11 pounds, though we are very happy, she needs to gain so much more. This girl is so sweet, gentle, friendly, and curious. She loves all of her visitors and gives them kisses. At this point, we still don’t know how long she will be at the vet. In the last update of 7/24/22, we were told that she would be there for at least 2 more months, then it was changed to 3 months.
Update – 7/22/22
Although Athena will have a very long recovery period, she is improving every day. She is getting the best of care and is enjoying all the love that she’s getting from the Howard Beach Animal Clinic staff.
Athena is strong enough to walk around in the vet and loves all the visitors from Bobbi and the Strays that come to spend time with her.
THE MAN THAT ABANDONED ATHENA HAS BEEN ARRESTED. HE IS BEING CHARGED WITH ANIMAL CRUELTY AND ABANDONMENT. HE CONFESSED TO LEAVING ATHENA IN THAT CRATE FOR 5 MONTHS.
OUR GRATITUDE GOES TO THE NASSAU DISTRICT ATTORNEY AND THE DETECTIVES WHO WORKED SO HARD TO FIND THIS MAN.
Athena was found in the morning by one of our staff. She was left in a crate too small for her to stand up. Not only was the stench unbearable but her condition was horrific, to say the least. Athena was so weak that she couldn’t stand up. She was skin and bones and covered with open deep wounds and sores.
We only showed you a few pictures of the nasty wounds, her underside is covered with the same looking wounds and sores.
Athena was rushed to the vet and they went to work on her immediately. The vet said that she must have been inside that crate and not fed for more than a month. After her examination, they found out that she has severe anemia. The vet also said that this is one of the worst cases of abuse that she had ever seen.
On the first day, we weren’t sure that she was going to make it. But she proved us wrong on the 2nd. day. Athena was showing her fight and will to live. She was eating and looked livelier.
While I was talking to her and petting her, she had a look in her eyes as though she knew that now she was safe and loved. She kept looking at me and licking my hand softly.
Athena’s recovery will be extremely long. She has to gain strength and enough weight before they can do surgeries to treat all of her wounds.
Our camera caught the man walking with the crate and leaving it by the door. A camera from across the street caught the car that was probably driven by the man.