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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The bitch should be put in jail starved and left to rot.


The bitch should be put in jail starved and left to rot.


Don't give HER any food for awhile to see how she feels . . .


The bitch should be put in jail starved and left to rot.


The bitch should be put in jail starved and left to rot.

melanie wilcox

What was the family's financial situation? Florida was hit hard by the recession. Did she have the ability to feed the animal?


Have 2 yorkies at home, agree with all comments she should get more than what she'll probably get... So cruel what people do, I wish my wife and me could take all of them.

Annette Alibhai

I have alway's loved animals. I would bring home anything lost and take care of anything. Now I have two dogs and a cat with health problems. I've worked out the pain meds with my vet. But, my serious problem is my oldes dog porcia. She always had this fatty tumer on her knee and he was never a problem. Now this thing has grown so large it looks like a limb. Even tho I work I am now a on my own with many health problems and cannot afford to have porcia taken care of. I wrote to the Animal welfare office the vet said I should contact but they did not respond. I love my dog more then you can ever emagine but if someone saw her they would think I have neglected her health. What does a person in my situation do. I have claimed bankrupcy a couple years ago and I can't really get any kind of credit to take care of this problem. My cat was found in the snow 3 1/2 years ago and it seems to be doing so much better then when we found it. Yet I've never had him checked by a vet either. But I'm not to concerned because it has really come around with love and attention. Never owned or even came across a cat before the one I have but I couldn't bare to see it suffer like it was. Please help me with Porcia I don't want to loose her.

Melanie Leavey

This monster is pure evil. When you can inflict that much pain to an innocent animal, you are capable of anything. She should be put in jail and slowly be starved the whole year. That would be justice for Hershey. It's so great you've saved him. I don't know how many times I've written letters and called about animal cruelty. I've received form letters offering no help. I guess evil is on the bottom of priorities for them.

JB Avila

I am so glad to hear about Hershey's progress. When I first saw the photo of him I grabbed my Yorkie-Sugar- and held her and cried! Promiseing her she would NEVER go through the horrors Hershey endured while holding her to my heart! It pleases me to hear that the owner was arrested and will be tried in a court of law for what she did to that sweet loving little dog! God Bless the ASPCA and I am proud to be a member!! If I were in the area I would gladly want to be put on the list to adopt Hershey when he is well enough! All dogs deserve kind,loveing homes no matter what!