1998 Inductees

1998 NJVMA Animal Hall of Fame Inductees


Pumpkin, a four-year-old pit bull mix. Suffering from malnutrition and with a fractured pelvis, broken jaw and both front legs crushed, Pumpkin was abandoned and left to die in 1994. Overcoming her horrific injuries, she brings joy to all who know her. Owner Deborah Cullere, Veterinarian Dr. Jerome Berkowitz


Blackball, a nine-year-old Labrador/Husky mix. While performing his normal duties of guarding the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity house at NJIT, Blackball attacked a mugger, thwarting a holdup. In the course of his heroic actions, Blackball was shot in the head, narrowly missing his brain. By fearlessly preserving the lives of his “fraternity brothers” Blackball earns Hero status. Owner Eric Burgos, Veterinarian Dr. Marguerite Hoey


Ranger, a ten-year-old mixed breed dog. Ranger was adopted from a shelter at age two, and began a career in a canine search and rescue unit. Following multiple surgeries, Ranger began a new career as a therapy dog. Despite her own disabilities, Ranger willingly serves to bring cheer to nursing home and hospital residents. Owner Sandra Righmeyer, Veterinarian Dr. Larry Hirshenson


Howdy, a ten-year-old Quarter horse, that was a therapeutic driving horse, receives a posthumous Hero award. Howdy was struck and hit by a hit and run driver while transporting a carriage of three instructors, who were all spared critical injury due to his bravery. Owner Handicapped High Riders