Outside of former Shea Stadium or as it is now called Citi Field, the New York Mets who have had little chance to make the playoffs because of pitcher injuries and financial complications from the Bernie Madoff scandal, an adorable panhandling dog named Coffee still sits outside of the field entrance having her photo taken with dozens of fans.
For the last two-years Coffee sits patiently near the train exit waiting for a few gentle pats and a lot of human attention. She wears sunglasses, a New York Mets jersey shirt and appears to be smoking a pipe. At times she also dresses up as Groucho Marx. Of course the pipe isn’t lit, but then again Coffee has very few teeth in her mouth.
Coffee’s owner Noberto Fernandez says he is a dog trainer and rescued Coffee from the streets. Fernandez contends he averages about $75 per game panhandling with his adorable canine friend.
Then there’s always the controversy over Coffee. Last year Jason Long and Belkis Cardona-Rivera were so outraged by what they considered animal cruelty and neglect for Coffee, the two humane supporters created a Facebook page entitled “Stop Abusing Coffee.” The site has garnered attention for all animals and has become a popular place of nearly 9,000 “likes” supporting and encouraging kindness and protection for animals.
Last year Fernandez was accused of putting a shock collar on Coffee which some animal supporters allege is the reason Coffee never barks or hardly moves. They say she has no access to water and no shade to rest under while she sits with Fernandez as he panhandles. Fernandez defends the collar and states the collar is an ice collar used to keep Coffee cool during the hot days of New York summers. He contends Coffee is extremely content and has no problem having her picture taken with fans.
In fact there was so much criticism last year, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Humane Law Enforcement checked up on Coffee and found no signs of the dog being abused or neglected.
It seems this controversy will continue as long as Coffee and Fernandez hang out at Citi Field. What do you think?
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