Starving Dog Jumps From Third Story Window And Survives


A starving dog left in an abandoned apartment for two months, jumped from a third-story window in a desperate attempt to find food. Amazingly the dog survived the fall and helped rescue a puppy still locked inside.

The story of one-year-old Pit bull mix, Miracle and a four-month-old puppy named Gracie shows the remarkable spirit of animals.

Abandoned by their owners in a New Bedford, MA apartment for nearly two months, emaciated Miracle made a courageous leap for help by diving out of a third story window on Friday. Incredibly at that exact moment, a police officer pulled to the curb outside the residence to stop a car. The officer looked up and saw the painfully thin dog jump.

Miracle broke her hip and hind leg in the fall, but the officer was there to immediately help her.

Miracle’s amazing leap led Animal Control officers inside the apartment where they found a small malnourished puppy hanging onto life. The puppy, now named Gracie, was too weak to stand.

No food was found in the filthy apartment, but the dogs had managed to survive on a “water source” they found.

Animal Control Officer Emanuel Maciel described the apartment. “It was flea infested – feces all over the floor. It was devastating to see the conditions these animals were living.”

Both dogs are receiving treatment at Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists. Surgeons successfully repaired Miracle’s broken hip and leg and she is on a special feeding program to help her gain weight. Gracie was in shock at the time of her rescue and is in intensive care. The staff said she is “active and alert.”

The property manager said the tenant left the apartment nearly two months ago, but did not leave a forwarding address.

Animal Control is asking for the public’s help to find the owner. Anyone with information is asked to contact New Bedford Animal Control.

“This constitutes felony cruelty against an innocent animal,” said Lt. Alan Borgal, director of the Center for Animal Protection at the Animal Rescue League of Boston. “We are counting on the public to step forward with information to help bring the person or persons responsible to justice.”

“We see this too often,” said Jennifer Wooliscroft from the Animal Rescue League. “These dogs are often so resilient and nice when they have no reason to be nice at all.”

Hopefully both dogs will recover and be available for adoption in the future.

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Photo: Animal Rescue League of Boston


Susan Griffiths
Susan Griffiths5 years ago

I feel so strongly that the people who abandoned these dogs to such an appalling fate should be hunted down and prosecured. My husband and I are landlords and either us or our property manager, upon learning someone has vacated one of our apartments, would immediately inspect the property, if for no other reason except to ensure it is in order to rent ot out again. There is something odd here. I think the property manager is lying and should be interviewed again!

Melanie Munda
Melanie Munda5 years ago

Bad, bad people, they should be trace and caught to face their punishment. Imagine leaving a dogs at the apartment without telling anyone, they should have ask anyone for adoption. Why on earth they got dogs when they don't obviously love dogs?

Elizabeth J.
Elizabeth J5 years ago

So happy this little dog wanted to live and save the life of the puppy. How is it that no one in the apartment building knew they were there?

valda p.
valda p5 years ago

They were in the apartment for 2months?didn't some one hear them barking?didn't the owner check how the apartment was left by the tenants?-very strange -so glad they were both found and rescued,hope the ones responsible for leaving them will be found -fined -jailed -and shamed-low life.

Margie B.
Past Member 6 years ago

Poor little dogs - Brave mama - Why didn't anyone check to apartment when thse people left.

Just had a similar incident where in the city I live.
People were evicted and left a mom & 2 pups in a closet with no food or water. They were barking and someone walking by call the SPCA. They were rescued and were in need of medical help. Soon to be adopted.


mary l.
mary l6 years ago

How can people be so callous.

Sharon Balloch
Sharon Balloch6 years ago

Hunt these people down and make them pay for their evil ways.. or next time there may not be a window to jump from..

Laura Castellvi
Laura C6 years ago

What an incredible dog!! Being abandoned and starving, didn't eat her pup; instead she jumped from the third floor for help. I'm sure that within those two months both dogs kept on barking at first and then howling or crying, how come no one did anything to help them, knowing that they were alone and suffering? Shame on your neighbors and janitor!

Marilyn G.
Marilyn G6 years ago

Okay, why did the apartment manager not go in to the apartment during all this time? Don't they check the condition of the place, and don't they try to rent it again? There must have been noise from these poor dogs. Did no-one hear them? Stupid, stupid, stupid. At least that precious dog had a brain and knew how to use it. Be well, babies.

Sarah M.
Sarah M6 years ago

This story brought me to tears. Those poor babies. Bless their souls--it's amazing that they are alive. The owner needs to be found and thrown in prison.