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ASPCA Agent Arrests Queens Man for Animal Cruelty

March 2, 2007

NEW YORK, March 2, 2007—ASPCA Special Agent Paul Lai arrested Winston Mitchell, 37, on animal cruelty charges for allowing his two-year-old pit bull mix to starve and freeze to death in his backyard.

After receiving a complaint of animal cruelty at 32-30 107th Street in East Elmhurst, Queens, Agent Lai responded and discovered the dog, named Apollo, tethered with a short chain and dead in the rear yard.  Agent Lai brought Apollo’s remains to the ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital for a necropsy.  Veterinarians determined that Apollo died of starvation and from being frozen after temperatures dipped to 14 degrees the week he was discovered.  Mr. Mitchell explained to Agent Lai that he forgot that he had left Apollo chained in the yard.

The suspect was arrested without incident and if found guilty, faces up to one year in prison.