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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This was just a Misdemeanor, I cannot believe it. She will only get a slap on the wrist for starving an animal. That is no JUSTICE.


Only jail can avoid it, by educating bad people...


The Courts need to start punishing these abuse offenders more severely and never allow them to own any type of animal again!


This women should be prosecuted with the maximum penalty. Also she should not be allowed to "ever" own another animal "ever"!!


This women should be prosecuted with the maximum penalty. Also she should not be allowed to "ever" own another animal "ever"!!


We should not champion eye for an eye punishment, because while it may be satisfying, hopefully we are better than that. If we use torture to punish, how are we any better than the abuser? We need to make sure that the person is punished in a humane way as well as educated (and possibly medicated...?) so that it will never happen again. And monitoring that this person is never allowed to own animals again.

James Burtnett

Put them all on a Animal Abuse List!

angela eckert

Why did this woman do this? I hope she is charged with a felony and not be allowed to own any more animals!

nancy c little

hey why write or call any of the idgits (politicans),,,they do enough damage 2 the world, so they would do nuttin 2 help our little animals except probably have them put 2 sleep.

Lori Turnbow

Every time I see or hear about a animal being abused it just tears my heart out and makes me want to cry over the unjustice of what people do to these helpless victims. God put these animals under man to take care of them and to show kindness! To all that abuse animals God will have them answer too. Thank you Lori