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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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joann

I may be wrong but this could be a second time for this woman in Queens who starved her dog, can you check to see it this is not a secont time with another dog that died. I incourage all to attend the court hearing, not that long ago a Spanish Queens woman took her dog to a local vet because she keep breaking the dogs legs over and over again. Vets must call in the law in such cases maybe these sickos follow black magic to commit such devil posessing evil because it is practice in Queens this sicko should get the max and never be allowed to have another dog along with up dating our old outdated animal cruelty laws to making animal abuse from a missdametor to a felony and the present laws on the book like pit fighting must be inforced for what good are laws if not in forced?

Jenny

Thank you ASPCA staff for reporting this to the authorities and for arresting this heartless woman! This "person" shall never be allowed to have any animal and she deserves the highest jail time! Very glad that the dog is out of harm's way! Thank you!

Jaime Perez

It just makes me so sick to hear when someone abuses an animal. How can people be so callous and uncaring? These precious creatures depend on us to live. There is no punishment strong enough to right these kinds of abuses. I hope people like this woman burn in hell.

Cherie A.

No greater judgement...than God's punishment

Lance Young

I'm going to give Amil a "slight" break as she at least thought about having the Yorkie neutered. With that in mind, I believe the judge should give her a suspended sentance with requirements going to some type of classes hopefully provided by the ASPCA PLUS 730 hours of community service with the ASPCA....that averages 2 hours per day for one year to be done.

Patricia

God bless the ASPCA and their loving employees for taking such quick action to get this poor baby dog away from this monster. She definitely needs to feel that same pain and more.

Diane DeLisle

I am so GLAD that there are more people think like I do...eye for eye...and I agree, these people should be punished as if it was a person..as o mother of six(6) rescues, they all greet me at the door when i get home from work...it's SO REWARDING.. and they love me as much(if not more)as I love them.

Sue

There is no excuse for starving a pet. Honestly, how much would it cost to properly feed a small Yorkie? Not very much! It's really puzzling as to why she would bother taking Hershey to the ASPCA clinic for neutering....but could not bother to feed him. Anyway, hope she gets the maximum punishment. I wish we had been shown the "after" picture of Hershey.

Mary

We should definitely create a National Registry of Offenders to animals. The laws also need to change making the penalties greater for offenders. All of it makes me nauseous. I'll look into establishing a Registry.

SHORT BUT TO THE POINT...........WE ARE IN 2012 I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT THE LAWS OF TODAY ARE NOT STRICKTER TO PROTECT OUR FURRY BIG AND SMALL FAMILY FRIENDS..............I JUST DON'T GET THIS SYSTEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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