BROOKLYN, NY—It's just one of those New York stories: a "ghost dog" living among us in Prospect Park. Sean Casey owns Sean Casey Animal Rescue, a no-kill shelter in Brooklyn and said, "Ghost dog is an amazing story, it's kind of like Brooklyn's dog."
Casey does a lot of rescues.
The legend started four years ago. Some say they spotted a big, dark dog living on the lam. Some fed him, and some played with him, Casey tracked him.
"All of our normal methods of catching a dog like this were kinda out the window, but at the same time, over the years, we realized he didn't pose a threat to anybody. He was being well-fed....and played with everybody's dogs. You know, we almost didn't want to bring him in."
So, the legend of the gentle giant known as Ghost Dog continued until two weeks ago. Casey explained, "Two weeks ago the ghost dog was acting very strange. Normally, he'd sit up out in the woods and keep a safe distance from people. He was sort of laying out in the open. People were getting closer than they normally did, and people noticed he was limping."
Finally, after four years of eluding capture, Casey says the jig was up.
"I think he wanted help. I think he wanted to come in," he said. "We had mixed feeling about catching him in the first place, but I think he was calling for help."
Casey said Ghost has Lyme disease and a problem with his knee, and he may need surgery. But, even though this100-plus-pound, brown-and-black Cane Corso is in from the wild, his demeanor is calm amidst the chaos of the kennel.
Casey says people keep calling to try and take him home. "I think ultimately he'll have a good chance of adoption," he said.