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Pit bull found on Bronx park bench ready for new home

Arnold the pit bull was found tethered to a Bronx park bench on a chilly day in December, underweight and suffering from head wounds and a heart condition.

But the 2 1/2-year-old boy didn’t give up, and now he’s ready for a loving home.

Arnold was found on Dec. 19, 2015, in the Williamsbridge Oval by someone who took him home for the night. The next day he was turned over to the ASPCA and police.

After it was discovered that Arnold had a heart murmur, he was diagnosed with valvular pulmonic stenosis, which surgery improved.

At 55 pounds, Arnold loves every person and
Photo Credit: ASPCA

At 55 pounds, Arnold loves every person and dog he meets, his handlers said. He's also smart, and knows how to sit, lay down, and give his paw.

"He is incredibly affectionate with people and enjoys being cuddled and sitting in your lap like a baby," Victoria Wells, senior manager of behavior and training at the ASPCA, said in a statement. "Although he likes to play and learn new tricks, he can be just as happy lounging around chewing a bone."

Wells said he is good at reading the
Photo Credit: ASPCA

Wells said he is good at reading the body language of other dogs and backs off when they get defensive.

Arnold still requires daily heart medication and needs regular veterinary checkups to monitor his condition, but his handlers don't expect him to have any problems in the future.

He would do best in an adults-only home and would love another dog friend to hang out with.

If you're interested in adopting Arnold, you can call the ASPCA's Adoption Center at 212-876-7700, ext. 4120.


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