Dasher, the resilient Rottweiler who survived being tossed from a moving car in Ridgewood, was humanely put down late last week by veterinarians at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Hospital in Manhattan.
The 7-year-old female was rescued the night of the incident two weeks ago by good Samaritans and city firefighters. A “Bring Dasher Home” fundraiser, co-sponsored by K9-Korral Dog Run, was held last Wednesday night at historic Neir’s Tavern in Woodhaven, and a crowdfunding page was set up in her name, all to offset medical and adoption costs. In all, $1,594 was raised in less than a week’s time, according to Neir’s owner Loy Gordon.
William Aaron, a firefighter with FDNY Ladder Co. 135, the company that was flagged down by concerned civilians on the night of the incident to aid the ill Dasher, indicated that he planned on adopting the animal once she was ready to leave the hospital.
“It was absolutely devastating,” Aaron said of the scene on Cypress Avenue. “Just sickening that someone could do something like that.”
However, despite receiving “extensive medical care,” for nearly a week at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Forest Hills and the ASPCA Animal Hospital, it was determined that Dasher would not survive, according to an ASPCA spokeswoman.
“After thorough examinations by multiple veterinary specialists and round-the-clock efforts to improve her delicate condition, Dasher was not responding to treatment,” Natasha Whitling said. “Due to several serious medical complications that were causing significant discomfort and leading to a poor quality of life, Dasher was humanely euthanized late last week to end her suffering. We assure members of the community who shared our concern for Dasher that she received the best care possible and this decision was not made lightly.”
Gordon said that while the news of Dasher’s death was “a little disappointing and disheartening,” he sees the glint of a silver lining.
“I was also very proud, at the same time, that the community got together so quickly and showed how important it is to come together for this cause,” noted Gordon, a FDNY lieutenant. “We were able to prove to ourselves that we know right from wrong, and we know how to bring a better outcome to such a tragic situation.”
Whitling said that Dasher’s case was still under investigation by the NYPD, and encouraged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.
By Michael V. Cusenza