13-Pound Dog Received Paralyzing Blow—Manhattan Man Arrested

Friday, October 1, 2010 - 9:30am

On September 29, ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Agents arrested Manhattan resident Anthony Polanco for striking and injuring his four-year-old Yorkie, Jack.

The investigation began on August 9, when Polanco brought his dog to the ASPCA Animal Hospital for treatment—Jack was unable to walk. When questioned by veterinarians, the 27-year-old admitted to striking the dog while grooming him. Upon further examination, veterinarians determined that Jack had sustained severe blunt force trauma to his spinal cord.

“Inflicting such severe injury on a helpless dog signals the potential for violence directed at other vulnerable victims,” says Stacy Wolf, Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel for the Humane Law Enforcement. “We too often see that animal abusers are repeat offenders.”

Jack is currently recovering at the ASPCA Animal Hospital, where he will remain until he is able to be placed up for adoption. Due to the extent of his injuries, Jack may never regain complete function of his right limbs.

“Jack sustained serious injuries—his body may never fully recover,” says Wolf. “But this victim of abuse deserves a second chance at a better life and the comforts of a new forever home."

Polanco, 27, was charged with one count of aggravated animal cruelty and faces up to two years in jail if convicted.