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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Teri Warming

I wish she could be locked in a cage and starved like she did to the yorkie zero tollerence for people like her


People should need a license to care for a pet or a child. There are too many abusers out there who have no idea how to love or how to be loved. Animal abuse is tragic and anyone who abuses these tender souls who know only how to love and forgive should be locked away from society forever. We're over-populated enough and have no room for the cruel.

Bill Smith

Help them keep up the good works of elping our animal friends with what they can not do for them selves. We Care!

Bill Smith

Help them keep up the good works of helping our animal friends with what they can not do for them selves. We Care!

Kathleen Turner

It's time to step up the punishment on animal abuse! All she's getting is a slap on the wrist. Punish them in the manner they caused suffering on the animal. There should also be a list of animal abusers so you know if one is in your town. This bull has gone on long enough! Step up the punishment!!! Punishment is not paying a fine or sitting in a jail cell. That's not punishment. Not in my book!


This is just one more instance of the kind of deplorable human trash and low lives who harm animals and inhabit this country and the rest of the world.

kim hart

when will they ever make this a felony?


It's sad that some people treat such loving dogs so badly, but I'm glad the ASPCA reacted to this in the appropriate way. Too many starving animals are turning up in New York City's Animal Care & Control Shelters and I wish the ASPCA would intervene in these cases too. Why isn't the ASPCA more closelu affiliated with NYC's shelters?

Beth K

That witch needs a good punch in the face and left to starve-waste of space !


I am so sick about this! People that harm animals should be punished the same way -I have yorkies, and can't imagine this treatment to them or any other animal for that matter! Lock her up and starve her!