A dog that was injured and found wandering a Brooklyn street hours after Sandy hit New York has been released from a six-month rabies quarantine that prohibited him from being around people or animals.
Midnight was found by a passerby as the storm was raging through, and was brought to animal control.
He had a bite wound and had to be placed in quarantine because it wasn't clear what animal had bitten him, according to John Charos, veterinarian at Central Veterinary Associates in Valley Stream.
After Midnight was with animal control for about three weeks, it was arranged for him to spend the rest of his quarantine time at Central Veterinary Associates, which donated part of the boarding cost.
So for the next five months, the pup has been in what amounts to mostly solitary confinement. His only contact has been with one handler who took him for walks, and he has not been able to be around any other people or animals.
Upon his release Tuesday, Midnight excitedly jumped and licked the humans he encountered.
"Midnight's very happy to be out right now," said Charos.
His caretakers for the past six months hope that the dog's owners will recognize him and come forward. If that doesn't happen, he is in good health and could also be adopted, Charos said.