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ASPCA Arrests Bronx Resident for Neglecting, Starving Dogs

Pit bulls have gained 11 pounds each since rescue
April 21, 2012

NEW YORK—Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) agents of the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) arrested Bronx resident Gillian Irving on Friday, April 20 for allegedly neglecting and starving her two seven-month-old pit bulls, named Cagney and Lacey.

On February 17, 2012, HLE agents responded to a complaint of two skinny and neglected canines inside an apartment on Webster Avenue in the Norwood section of the Bronx. Agents encountered the dogs and both appeared to be neglected. Ms. Irving relinquished Cagney and Lacey to the agents, and they were transported to the ASPCA Animal Hospital for treatment.

ASPCA veterinarians determined that Cagney and Lacey had been starved—they weighed 16.4 and 15.2 pounds, respectively, upon intake. After receiving treatment by ASPCA staff, Cagney now weighs 27.1 pounds and Lacey weighs 26.9 pounds—a 65 and 77 percent increase, respectively. Both dogs are recovering at the hospital and will eventually be made available for adoption.

Irving, 27, was arrested by ASPCA Special Agent Ann Kelly. She was charged with two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. If convicted, she faces up to two years in jail and/or a $2,000 fine. Irving is due in Bronx Criminal Court on August 22.

To report animal cruelty in New York City, contact the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement department at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4450 or [email protected].

Cagney, before and after receiving treatment at the ASPCA Animal Hospital

Lacey, before and after receiving treatment at the ASPCA Animal Hospital