ASPCA Arrests Brooklyn Woman over Starved Chihuahua

Friday, April 5, 2013 - 2:45pm
ASPCA Arrests Brooklyn Woman over Starved Chihuahua

We’ve wanted to tell you about Vampiro for some time, and you won’t believe what he’s been through. In January, ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Agents responded to a call from NYC Animal Care & Control about a six-year-old Chihuahua who had been abandoned in a pet store.

The dog, Vampiro, was just skin and bones. At the ASPCA Animal Hospital, veterinarians found Vampiro to be emaciated, dehydrated and suffering from an untreated skin ailment, all caused by prolonged inadequate nutrition. He was also found to be blind. Our vets gave Vampiro IV fluids, medication, water and a balanced diet right away.

Meanwhile, AC&C told us that Vampiro had been adopted in 2006 by Brooklyn resident Venus Laventure, 50. On February 25, the ASPCA arrested Laventure. She 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 court on May 13.

After a few months at the ASPCA, Vampiro is doing much better. In fact, he’ll soon be made available for adoption—and his future family is in for a treat! Vampiro is a sweetheart who loves to give doggie kisses.

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i hope the law will change soon! 1 year is nothing. People that act in this way and treat an animal like that like a piece of garbage should be punished for real. Another idiot that had a pet at home when she was not born to take care of a dog! Brainless!!!


God Bless this sweet angel.. I pray he finds and extremely loving and patient home for the rest of his life!!!

Karla Witt

I sure hope she spends more than a year in jail and more money in fines.. There's NO excuse for this happening to ANY animal..


Why don't the punish the perp by starving her.

Roseann Branson

Punishment it TOO LENIENT. If this were her human daughter she'd get life. This is her furry daughter hence - she should get life with a severe beating.


Just one year!!!! That's crazy


Just one year!!!! That's crazy

Walter Pfiitze

Someone please let me know when this dog is up for adoption, I can offer a loving home for this beautiful dog.


Maybe we should start inflicting the same abuse on those that are committing the abuse. Wonder how that individual would like to be starved to the point of emaciation and dehydrated to this point? 1 year and $1000 fine, definitely NOT enough.

hazel dilley

Can we see new pictures of her to see how she is now.