Fate uncertain for dog rescued after Hurricane Sandy

MidnightNEW YORK – Last week, it looked like Midnight the dog might find a new home on Long Island, but now that his owner has stepped forward, he may be heading back to Brooklyn instead.

Rob Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue, a not-for-profit organization based in Smithtown that protects the well-being of animals, said Wednesday that after interviewing the owner and inspecting her property, he was still not sure where Midnight’s home would be. Midnight, a Labrador retriever mix who has been homeless since Hurricane Sandy, is staying at Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center in Port Jefferson Station until things are sorted out.

According to Misseri, there are two conditions under which Midnight would be released to Brooklyn: his owner would have to allow Guardians of Rescue to spay two female pitbulls also living at her house; and Midnight would have to be allowed in the house at night. Misseri said previously he was allowed in the house, but he preferred being outside a lot.

According to Misseri, the owner is thinking it over.

Even before the interview with the Brooklyn owner, Misseri had expressed reservations about releasing Midnight to her: “I don’t think [the owner] made enough of an effort to find him, and I’m not sure the dog would be going home to ideal conditions.”

More: Times Beacon Record/Michael Contino

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