Shmerling has taken his plea for help to Facebook, hoping someone can step in - a rescue, an adopter, anyone who can lift this dog from the depths.
He says his job prevents him from taking in Max. And time is running out on the dog's temporary home.
"The clock is ticking," Shmerling tells The Dodo. "The neighbors are getting annoyed."
Think you could give Max a home - with lots of sunlight?
If you're a rescue or individual who has space for Max, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.