This past weekend, ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Agents arrested three suspects in two separate animal cruelty incidents. On February 12, Bronx resident Eugene Elvin, 32, was arrested by ASPCA Special Agent Pete Rivas for allegedly neglecting and starving a two-year-old female Pit Bull. The initial investigation began on December 17, when Agents responded to a report of an emaciated pit bull at the suspect’s residence.
“The dog was extremely emaciated, and her water bowl had completely frozen over due to the freezing temperatures,” says Stacy Wolf, Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel for Humane Law Enforcement.
Elvin agreed to sign the dog over to the ASPCA, and she was immediately transported to the ASPCA Animal Hospital for evaluation and treatment. Upon examination, veterinarians determined that the dog weighed a mere 29.8 pounds—the result of being starved.
Elvin has been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty. If convicted, he faces up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Deuce’s intake photo, he is currently on the road to recovery at the ASPCA Animal Hospital.
Diamond’s intake photo, she is currently recuperating at the ASPCA Animal Hospital.
In a separate incident, Queens siblings Leroy and Nikira Shepard were arrested on February 11 for allegedly neglecting and starving their two Pit Bulls. Both dogs, a nine-month-old, Deuce and two-year-old Diamond, appeared emaciated to ASPCA Special Agent Deborah Ryan, who began the initial investigation after a complaint was filed. Upon further investigation, it was determined that both dogs had been starved.
Leroy Shepard, 18, and Nikira Shepard, 20, were each charged with two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. If convicted, they each face up to two years in jail and a $2,000 fine.
"All three of these dogs suffered from extreme neglect and could have easily died if we did not receive tips from concerned citizens," says Wolf. “We are happy to report that they are all on the road to recovery at the ASPCA.”
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