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Support dog put up for adoption whilst owner is in hospital

Denise McCurrie with Roscoe
Denise McCurrie with Roscoe Image credit: nypost.com

A disabled woman has been left heartbroken after her emotional support dog was taken into a rescue centre and put up for adoption whilst she was in hospital.

Denise McCurrie, 51, was undergoing treatment after suffering a nervous breakdown, but there was nobody to look after her six-year-old schnauzer, Roscoe.

The dog was taken to a New York animal care centre who gave him a new name. The organisation also looked for a new home for the pooch.

McCurrie, a former Wall Street underwriter, has been claiming disability benefits since she left her job in 2008.

On April 16 she phoned emergency services after her depression spiralled into a nervous breakdown.

When medics arrived at her house McCurrie asked them to look after Roscoe during her stay in hospital, but she was horrified when she found out a few days later the dog had been adopted by a one of the animal care centre’s rescue communities and she would not see him again.

McCurrie told New York Post: "I literally dropped to my knees when I heard that," she said.

"It’s been a nightmare. I was told I was not going to get my dog back.

"I had to take him off my screensaver because it was just too painful to see him.”

She added: "We were inseparable. My dog and I went everywhere together, we went shopping to the supermarket together, I used to put him in this little carrier. We were always together."

The distraught woman has been receiving help from Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal.

"It was so sad, it could happen to anyone who is single and living alone and has a medical emergency and has an animal that needs to be taken care of during that time period," Rosenthal told The Post.

A spokesperson for Animal Care Center (ACC) said: “ACC does not have the dog in its possession," a spokesperson said in a statement.

"We have reached out to the rescue group with whom the dog was placed, and they are currently conferring with legal counsel regarding the situation."

The Animal Care Center said Rascoe "had no identification or microchip.”