She was found last July tied to a fire hydrant in Queens, New York. The dog was so ornery, people wouldn't get close to her. Finally, an animal control officer brought her to the Animal Care Centers of New York - using a very long pole.
"At the shelter, it was the same story," Zucker says. "She did poorly in a cage."
China was inches from being euthanized at the shelter, when Zucker arrived and decided to take a chance on her. She didn't exactly impress her new handlers. On several occasions, even Zucker was close to having China put down. But then, China would offer a glimpse of what she could be.
"She's so gentle when she takes treats," Zucker says.
China recently bonded hard with the man who's taking care of her at a kennel in Long Island. She met a cow for the first time. And an emu at a sanctuary in Vermont.
"She is not a fan," Zucker notes. "But curious."