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NYPD rescues pit bull, ASPCA puts her up for adoption

A 3-year-old pit bull was rescued from a filthy Bronx apartment, where she’d been alone without food or water for several days. Four months later, she’s ready to find a loving home.

Astley was first found when police went to check on a call about a foul-smelling odor coming from an apartment in the Belmont area in October. When they entered the Prospect Avenue apartment, they were greeted with a filthy home that hadn’t been occupied in at least three days, police said.

Astley was locked inside a backroom, without food or water to keep her going, police said.

They immediately took her to the ASPCA, where
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They immediately took her to the ASPCA, where doctors treated her for severe inflammation of her feet and between her toes. While she may need periodic foot soaks, and a visit to the vet if her inflammation flares up, she is in good health otherwise.

"Astley is one smart pup. Not only does she know basic commands like sit, down and shake -- she has learned how to help her human caretakers," Joanne Langman, an animal behavior counselor for the ASPCA, said. "She is trained to go into a kiddie pool to soak her feet when necessary for her skin issue."

Astley loves to play fetch but doesn't always
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Astley loves to play fetch but doesn't always like to give up the toy, Langman said. "She is currently learning drop it and leave it," she said.

Anyone interested in adopting Astley can call the ASPCA's Adoption Center at 212-876-7700, ext. 4120.

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