Man Who Adopted Dog With Heart Murmur: I Have One Too!

A man who came to a shelter in Bergen County looking for a quiet dog made an immediate connection with a Chihuahua mix. When shelter volunteers warned him that the dog had a heart murmer, he responded that he did to. It's a perfect match, down to their hearts. Pat Battle reports. 

(Published Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017)

Each of the more than 50,000 pets adopted as part of this year's Clear the Shelters event has a special story, and this is no exception.

John Scannivino, of North Bergen, arrived at the Bergen County Animal Shelter in New Jersey looking for a nice, quiet dog for a companion friend.

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Shelter volunteers had been hoping to find a forever home for a little chihuahua mix who had at BCAS for a long time.

They introduced the little dog to Scannivino and the two took an instant liking to each other.

"There's only one issue," the shelter volunteer told Scannivino. "He has a heart murmur."

"That's terrific!" Scannivino said. "I have a heart murmur too!"

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It was a perfect match.

More than 80 area shelters waived or reduced adoption fees on Saturday for Clear the Shelters, an annual adoption event sponsored by NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47. To find a participating shelter, click here.