The pit bull mix was a present, gifted when he was just 2 weeks old. He soon became the ultimate throwaway, banished to the basement.
Except for Saturdays and Sundays, when he was allowed outside to see the light of day.
Maybe that's why Aneo, despite the staggering deprivation he endured, kept a light on in his heart.
When his owner finally surrendered Aneo to Animal Care & Control of New York City three years later, he didn't seem like a dog who spent most of his life underground.
"Aneo is a big grey teddy bear," wrote an animal control staffer in an adoption profile after meeting him. "He is such a sweet tempered, calm and patient dog. When he takes a treat from you he does so with the utmost delicacy and he walks like a gentleman on the leash."
There is, however, a glaring tic in Aneo's personality, the staffer notes: "He really, really does not like to be returned to his kennel after a walk."