NEW YORK--Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) agents of the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) arrested Staten Island resident Laquanda Carter on December 11, for starving her one-year-old female pit bull named Hennessy.
On October 7, ASPCA Special Investigator Paul Romano responded to a complaint of an emaciated dog tied on a short leash in the backyard of the suspect's residence. The dog appeared weak and was immediately taken to the ASPCA Animal Hospital for treatment. Upon examination, ASPCA veterinarians determined that the dog's skeletal appearance was a result of starvation.
The dog is currently recovering at the ASPCA Animal Hospital and has gained 92 percent of her body weight since being admitted to the hospital. Hennessy will be available for adoption once treatment is completed.
Carter, 27, was charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty and faces up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine if convicted.