ASPCA Arrests Owner of Dog with Severe Neck Wound

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 12:45pm

In late October, New York City corrections officer Justin Burton, 35, brought one-year-old Pit mix Tori to NYC Animal Care & Control. Staff immediately noticed that Tori’s collar was deeply embedded in his neck, leaving an excruciating wound. They called ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement right away.

Agents took Tori to the ASPCA Animal Hospital for evaluation and treatment. Our veterinarians found Tori to be in severe pain from the wound, which was estimated to be three weeks old and caused by an embedded collar. Tori was treated with pain medication and antibiotics, and he is continuing to recover at the hospital.

As for Burton, Agents arrested him on January 5. If convicted, he faces up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

Watch this blog for updates on Tori. He’s getting better every day, and when he’s fully recovered, he’ll be available for adoption!

Tori came to the ASPCA just over a month after Briana, another dog who suffered a painful wound caused by an embedded collar. Briana is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center.

If you suspect you’ve witnessed animal cruelty, please don’t wait—report it. It saves lives.

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It is bad enough animals are tortured and the abusers get a slap on the wrist. There is proof people who abuse animals will abuse people. If we can see what the abusers looks like, then we know we should stay away from these......individuals(for lack of a better word). They may also think twice if they do not wish to be exposed for the.....abusers they are. I would have no problem pointing them out to other people if I were to see them out in public.


I have a german shepherd and a yellow lab.I love them so much and would do anything for them.I don't understand why people do animal cruelty.It is NOT right and never will be.It IS against the law and cruel to do this.many think they'll get away with it but they will not.the ASPCA will soon find them.


I think she's adorable, I would love to adopt her. But I live in Colorado...Is she up for adoption or has Tori found a new home?
Please let me know! :)


These people have NO soul; It disgusts me to even think that someone would do that to a poor, innocent animal; these heartless idiots make me sick.People need to stop treating animals like this, and realize the truth.Animals are not toys, they are just as important as we are; and they need to be loved and cared for properly; they have feelings too, and it's sad that people don't even realize this.

Ashley Wells

How much money is Tori and is the ASPCA were he is in Kingston please let me know soonand is he for sale??? Please let me know soon ASAP

Ashley Wells

Also the crim is not good he should stay in jail for his rest of his life. Poor tori hope he's doing better and everthing is good. I hope the neck wound feels better and go's away soon. I hate to hear things bad about dogs even when there mean things specially the mean people that hurt the dogs and think they are cool and there not!!!:(:(:(