First 3 pictures taken approx. 5:30 PM on 1st Ave. at height of afternoon pedestrian traffic. Sidewalks are crowded; there is a bike lane behind the pit bull, and busy traffic behind that. Click any photo to enlarge:
She was tied up with a fabric leash tied in a clumsy overhead knot. She was there when I went into a corner bodega, and there when I came out 15 minutes later.
I walked to my apartment, took a shower, changed my clothes, and went back down to the store. The grey pit bull was still there. At least 45 minutes had elapsed since I took the first photos of her. As you can see in this final photo, it is darker and wetter outside.
The dog is miserable and shivering and standing in the BIKE LANE (and even in the rain, there are plenty of people--many of them impoverished immigrant food deliverers without health insurance--riding in the bike lanes here. Lots of regular commuters, too.).
I felt badly for her, but I just won't approach pit bulls anymore. I just won't. I think I saw tags on the cloth collar (there were two collars--a cloth and a prong), but I'm not going to touch her in order to find out. I hollered in the bodega to ask if anyone left their dog outside. No luck.
Unless the dog owner or their kids is in an ambulance somewhere, it is completely unacceptable to leave their dog on the street for that long. ANY dog. The gripper is an accident waiting to happen.
I'm getting dressed to go out this evening. If the dog is still there when I leave again, I'm going to call Animal Control.