The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is investigating the treatment of a dog frequently seen in costume outside New York’s baseball stadiums, raising money for her pandhandler owner.
Coffee, who some fans believe is being made to obey commands with help from a shock collar, is put on display at both Yankees and Mets games, often wearing sunglasses, a Groucho Marx disguise or holding a pipe in her mouth.
MSNBC reports that the ASPCA sent investigators to Yankee Stadium Sunday to look into the allegations.
The ASPCA said Monday it was unable to locate the dog or its owner.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and remain prepared to take appropriate action, as warranted,” the organization said in a statement.
Concerns about the dog led to the creation of a Facebook page, “Stop Abusing Coffee.” As of yesterday, its fans numbered close to 7,000.
“Coffee is FORCED to sit outside Citi Field with a pipe in her mouth every Mets home game for hours on end with a shock collar on & no food, water or rest,” the page reads. “Something needs to be done about this.”
The website Gothamist, meanwhile, which is following the story closely, has published a photo of Coffee’s owner, and also reported that Coffee has no teeth.
Posted by jwoestendiek May 25th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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