In the six months since Superstorm Sandy the ASPCA has been patching up Cairo, a pit bull terrier mix, but he is still looking for a home. He was about five months old when he was found abandoned in Brooklyn in the days after the storm.
While almost all of the ASPCA's other sandy dogs have been reunited with family members or found new ones, Cairo's bad luck continues. After the storm, the pup's heart condition surfaced.
"He had pulmonic stenosis, a narrowing of the valve that takes the blood from the heart to the lung," said Julie Horton of the ASPCA. "He needed quite an extensive medical workup before he was available."
Now he has a torn ACL and needs another procedure. But the injury to his back leg hasn't slowed him down much. He is playful and strong, has super bright eyes, and is almost back to good health. Horton said he shouldn't need any significant long-term care for these problems.
The ASCPA gave him the name Cairo on a lark. He appeared to have been well-fed and cared for before Sandy. His last surgery is set for May 10. He will be back on his feet in 8 weeks and hopefully in someone's home.