Homeward bound: Lady dog found with lost pup Pickles ready for adoption

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This gal needs a good home!

The female furball found in the company of Brooklyn’s famously lost pooch Pickles is ready to move into a forever home following her own two-year odyssey on local streets, according to leaders of the shelter where she spent the last few weeks.

Staffordshire terrier–lab mix Violet — who escaped her foster family back in 2016 — won the hearts of Kings County animal lovers when rescuers found her near Brooklyn College last November with the male dog whose heart she captured sometime after he ran off while on an August walk.

And now, do-gooders at Windsor Terrace’s Sean Casey Animal Rescue — who took Violet in for socialization training following her recovery — are ready to hand her over to an experienced dog owner with the patience to further train the still-cautious canine, whom the shelter’s director said will make a wonderful pet in time.

“She just needs someone who’s going to be patient with her, and who’s going to earn her trust,” said Theresa Labianca.

Violet’s recent stay at Casey’s E. Third Street shelter wasn’t her first — the North Carolina native spent time there in a semi-feral state after arriving in Brooklyn in 2016, before a Flatbush couple with fostering experience took the mutt in, according to her former foster mom Beth Smith.

But not long after the pair took her in, Violet ran off in November 2016 after another dog spooked her while on a walk with her then foster dad Chris Bacas, beginning a year-long search he and Smith conducted with help from several rescue groups, which ultimately proved unsuccessful, she said.

“We never ever got even one credible sighting,” Smith said. “We looked for her so long.”

And two years later, the news that rescuers found Violet with Pickles bowled the couple over with emotions, bringing both of her former foster parents to tears, Smith said.

“I was over the moon,” she said.

Following the pooch pair’s recovery, Pickles’s humans Joe Masella and Jasmin Cruz Masella said they would consider adopting Violet to reunite their good boy with his lady friend, but the couple did not return this reporter’s several calls about whether they still might take Violet in now that she’s ready for a home.

Anyone interested in fostering or adopting Violet can e-mail, or call Sean Casey Animal Rescue at (718) 436–5163.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Posted 12:00 am, January 7, 2019
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Dill from Dirmas says:
Free Pickles!
Jan. 7, 2019, 10:28 am

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