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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sylvia culver

It is time that the laws are changed. We are the voice for the voiceless and loving animals.

Nancy C

I ask any all lbeings for a Most Benevolent Outcome, for both the dog and his owner in this case. She did at last bring the dog in for help. May whatever her penality teach her that all life is sacred, and may the terrier recover fully and be adopted into his perfect forever home! And I ask that all of this work out better than could possibly be expected or anticapated. Thank-you!

Donna Geary

I have always said, the human should be dealt with the same way they did to the animal. I have a little 3 lb. Chorkie. It doesn't take much to feed her! Her food is a little expensive at $15 a bag. But the 5 lb. bag lasts her 4 months! I'm on a fixed income and it's really tight. But when she needs food, I take it out of my "food allotment" money, that's for me. As with my previous Chihuahua that I lost too early 4 yrs. ago, I always make sure she has food. Some people are just disgusting!


They really need to get tough on these miscreants who abuse animals, they need to be given the exact same treatment they did to a poor innocent creature. All the way to death. When is the making excuses going to stop? They arent "people" if they can do these things they ought to be wiped off the face of the earth. No use for these miscreants.

Holly Mercadante

I think she should receive the maximum sentence possible and then given one grape each day as a meal, until she understands the severity of her neglect to this animal.

Darla Hill

This woman should get more then a misdemedor for starving her 3 year old Dog Hersey.. More need's to happen to abuser's!!!!! Slap on the wrist for this poor Baby who was Starving!!!! Unexceptable...Law's need to Change!!!!! NOW!!!!!

Sharon Koester

Here in Terre Haute, IN you can shut up a dog in your bedroom, leave and live somewhere else for a month, come back after the dog is dead and only receive a slap on the wrist. I called the Office of Mayor Duke Bennett and he said it was not his jurisdiction.
I knew the dog; a real friendly young female yellow lab. I am still angry.,


There s something terribly wrong with our system if all she gets is a $1000 fine.


the fines should be stiffer...and jail mandatory. but, beyond that...she should be starved. see how she likes it. wish I had a way to make a mean face on this post...

Theresa Hart

Fined,put in jail for years and never aloud to have any animals. Ever again