The animals were without food and water for days before Animal Care and Control found them.
The owner was evicted from her home for having too many animals, but ultimately decided to leave them behind. Robin Demmo, a real estate agent whose help the missing tenant once enlisted in searching for an apartment, said the owner's name is Nina. Concerned with the welfare of the dog, Demmo had previously offered to take Sasha if no one else would, but received this cryptic response: "If one dies, they all die."
Since the animals were found, Demmo has taken it upon herself to save Sasha from an ill-fated future. She has taken Sasha out of the care of AC&C, which is not a no-kill shelter.
"I don't believe an animal should be abused. The dog does not deserve this," said Demmo, who works at Presidential Realty in Middle Village, an agency that specializes in finding homes for people with pets.
Sasha's worries are not over, however. Demmo, who has two dogs of her own, has reassured her landlord she will only keep Sasha until she is placed in a permanent home.
"If I can help a pet, I will. I would keep her if I could," said Demmo, whose back problems and small apartment prevent her from having a large dog that requires frequent walking.
Sasha is 12-year-old Labrador-shepherd mix that is great with kids. She also gets along with cats, as she lived with 60 of them for some time, and certain dogs. Demmo was told Sasha has enlarged mammary glands. She was spayed last summer by a rescue group that set aside money for the life-saving procedure. Demmo is hopeful that a loving family, maybe with a yard, will welcome Sasha into their home to live out the rest of her days.
"If someone would like to donate their time and come to walk her, that would also be greatly appreciated," said Demmo.
Those interested in walking or adopting Sasha are encouraged to call Robin Demmo at 347-527-2692. Demmo lives in Maspeth.