ASPCA Arrests Queens Woman for Neglecting, Starving Yorkie

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 4:15pm
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Hershey, before receiving treatment at the ASPCA Animal Hospital

Today the ASPCA arrested Queens resident Grimilda Amil for allegedly neglecting and starving her three-year-old male Yorkshire terrier, who has been recovering under our care for nearly two months.

Amil brought her Yorkie, Hershey, to an ASPCA Mobile/Spay Neuter Clinic on June 27. Alarmed at Hershey’s condition, Clinic staff called our Humane Law Enforcement Agents, who quickly responded.

Amil relinquished ownership of Hershey to the ASPCA, and Agents transported the tiny dog to the ASPCA Animal Hospital.

There, veterinarians determined Hershey— whom they found to be emaciated, anemic and suffering from pressure sores—had been starved. At that time, Hershey weighed just 5.2 pounds. Today he weighs in at 10.1 pounds, a 94% increase!

Hershey is completing his recovery in a caring ASPCA foster home. When he’s ready, he’ll be made available for adoption.

Amil, 55, was charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty. If convicted, she faces up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. She is due in Queens Criminal Court on October 4. 

If you suspect you’ve witnessed animal cruelty, please don’t hesitate to report it.

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a crime like this should be dealt like the person did it to another person... besides, dogs are man`s best friend!


About the male Yorkie who was starved. What punishment did his owner get? Eye for an eye - I hope they fined AND starved her so she'd feel his pain! I hope you found him a great home!

Karie Michaels

This just makes me SICK!! I volunteer for a local rescue group and have 3 rescue Yorkies myself. I don't understand how someone can do this to a living creature! I hope she is punished to the fullest extent and never owns another dog or other animal again!!


send her to jail! awful people!


Can i have it to adopted i have a female yorkie 2 years old and shes my life ....omg poor baby dog ...pleaseeeee 9176454840

Linda Heintze

This makes me sick. What did she say when she brought him in? Just send her to jail for life with only bread and water. Hate people.


This type of behavior makes me fighting mad! I have 2 papillons who I love dearly and would do anything for them. This is so stupid! Our pets are totally dependent on us to provide for their needs, and it just breaks my heart to think there are some pets out there that have to do without because their owners are worthless!!!


Good job ASPCA for taking action and reporting this woman. I think she should go to jail and not given the option to pay a fine. There should be a zero tolerance to Cruelty to animals and it should be punishable by imprisonment


She should be locked up and deprived of food.


can i adopt this dog?