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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I amgoing to be very severe. Starve the owner, deny the owner any special priviliges, and if that doesen't work......kill the bastard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bill Soper

It is continually stated that others do not know why owners do this. Why not ask them in order to find out ? It will carry on for ever if the public, and the courts make no effort to find out. Also agree to a publication of names and addresses of all convictions. Without such action these mindless individuals will continue their appalling behaviour for all time, and the fault is partly ours unless WE do something about it.

carla brown

forget the fine - jail the bitch!!!!


She needs to be punished more than thousand dollars! Community service in a aspca for a thousand hours nd even that is not enough for starving n innocent animal!


I always believed that animal abusers should suffer the same fate they inflict on animals. It's good to know others feel the same way! An eye for an eye, then maybe we won't see an increase in this abusive behavior.

Juli Wilson

That poor baby . . . someone needs to take his owner and starve her the way she starved him.

Carol Reins

Why? What kind of person watches while their animal companion starves?


I don't know about this case, but the owners are so often a 300 pounder who would never skip a meal or a snack themselves.


Myself, I have a harder time trying to keep my dogs and cats from getting fat. I have a hard time saying no to treats and what not when they beg. Starving is one thing my pets will never know.


The laws for such a horible crime shoud me so much more savere.