ASPCA Arrests Queens Woman for Neglecting, Starving Yorkie

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 4:15pm
starved yorkie

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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Elizabeth Hurlbut


Ronni Goddard

Lock her up and lose the key - forever!


I will never, ever understand how someone can do these things to animals. They simply want our love and attention. I love my babies dearly and cannot imagine something even remotely small happening to them, let alone starving. Poor little buddy, im certain he will find a great home.


I hope the woman who owned this dog reads all the comments listed. What a pathetic piece of human waste you are. Love to get my hands on her and give her my black belt martial arts butt kicking. NO MERCY!!!! I hope Hershey finds a home he deserves with lots of love and FOOD!!!!!!


In addition to the jail term/$1000 fine this person should have to pay $19/mo to the ASPCA for three years (the amount of time she owned the dog).

Amy Kaelin

When are they going to change the law to make this a "Felony" crime for animal abuse. I am so sick of people who just get slapped on the hand for mistreating and abusing, poor innocent animals. I am sick of it....I hope she serves time and is not give anything but food and water - Once or twice a week, if that.


That woman should be prevented from EVER having any more pets. If that can't be done, she should be checked on periodically to see if she has any new pets. And if she does, they should be THOROUGHLY checked over--from tip to tail. And if there are any signs of abuse, the pet should then be immediately confiscated by the ASPCA.

barbara D'Esposito

I still think they should make animal cruelty a felony.

Susan Shore

While my heart aches for this poor dog, I can't help but think that the owner is either mentally unstable or incredibly ignorant and that she herself needs help. To automatically arrest people who bring mistreated animals into an SPCA clinic or shelter will stop those people from doing so and will only result in continued abuse and/or abandonment of animals. These cases need to be handled differently than other abuse cases.

melanie wilcox

Thank you for a reasoned comment that doesn't demonize a stranger. No one ever seems to 'walk a mile in their shoes' anymore.