October 6, 2009
Severe Neglect of Kittens Leads to Brooklyn Man’s Arrest
In late August, ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) received a tip that several cats in a Brooklyn, NY, home were in need of medical attention. HLE Special Investigator Diane DiGiacomo visited the home, where resident Richard Manmarino cooperated by bringing all five of his catstwo adults and three kittensto the front door for visual inspection. While the adult cats appeared to be in decent health, the kittens were all severely dehydrated, emaciated and infested with fleas. After Manmarino agreed to sign custody of the kittens over to the ASPCA, Agent DiGiacomo immediately brought them to the ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital for medical evaluations.
ASPCA veterinarians rated the sick, underweight kittens “4”s on a condition-rating scale of 1 to 5, 1 being the best (healthy) and 5 being the worst (critical). Among other treatments, all three received life-saving blood transfusions to treat blood loss anemia, a dangerous condition that was the result of having been fed on by fleas. Named Sunny, Vaughn and Klaus by hospital staff, the 5-month-old kittens are now on the road to recovery and are expected to soon be made available for adoption.
Without medical care, the kittens would have diedand failure to provide adequate veterinary care can be a cruelty offense in New York State. On September 19, Manmarino was arrested and charged with three counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. If convicted, he could be fined and sentenced to up to two years in jail.
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