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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Sarah Kelly

I am in all for this dog, and hope she continues to get better and is adopted by a trustworthy family. Even so, 1,000$$ and/or 1 year in prison is not enough(like the comment before mine) dogs are amazing, beautiful animals and should not be treated like this. They love you, probably more than you love your self and will stick by your side no matter what. Not even just dogs, cats, bunnies or any animal should be treated fairly and this is unacceptable. A law needs to be changed, what makes the law think she/he isn't going to get out of jail, or pay her fine then go hurt another innocent animal. Something needs to be changed.


I'd like to know the rest of the story. If the dog was abandoned in a pet store, how did you find the owner? Why did the woman keep the dog and let it starve rather than abandoning it sooner or taking it to a shelter? If she had the dog since 2006, why suddenly stop caring for it?

Susan Mathis

I really do believe to treat any animal like this needs to be thrown in prison for at least a year preferable more not to be fined a monitary amount please that's a slap on the wrist saying don't do that anymore loss of freedom and what you go through in jail would really be adequate .......


Hats all she's facing?! That is nothing compared to the pure torture that dog endured, including losing his sight due to her abuse!!! Animal cruelty should carry a much more harsh penalty, and maybe people would stop!!! An eye for an eye! Starve her until she is bones, and goes blind!!! This makes me sick!


I don't think that punishment for only a year in jail or $1000.00 dollars fine if convicted is enough for what this person did to this poor dog. It should be 2 years in jail, $50,000.00 dollars fine and a year of community service will be fair for what this evil did to this dog. If they don't increase the punishment, then these crazy people will never learned or stop abusing animals.

lauren ramsey

I am interested in adopting him once he is available.


I have to say I am glad this person did not dump Vampiro in the streets, at least he was where someone could get him help. Most people who abandon their animals are not even that generous. As for the punishment she faces, many animal abusers don't even get that. I have seen many just get a slap on the hand, $100 fine, or 30 days in jail for killing an animal. Yes laws need to be more strict. I am just greatful that someone called ACC and Vampiro is on the road to recovery. As for his abuser, I pray they never allow her to have another fur kid. There may be circumstances behind why she didn't get hiim treated or fed properly but that is no excuse for not seeking help.

Greta Miller

I can't watch Animal Planet shows anymore that show these poor animals that have been neglected or abused. I think anyone that neglects or abuses an animal should serve some jail time. I don't care if its only a day for a lesser offense, but the idea of jail might do it if it's a reality, and not just a threat. What some of these psychos do to animals deserve more than just a slap and a fine. Please please do something more to stop these idiots.


they need to give jail time and a huge fine..... and the vets need to start helping us who have little to take care of our pets... i just had to take my sons new puppy to the vet for an emergency and went to countless vets to only be told that they need payment at time of serves.... she had to have emergency surgery... finally found one that would take payments with a bank card thanx....

Annemieke merritt

Why is it that someone can be caught with marijuana and face 15 years in jail. Someone can torture an innocent soul and face up to a year? Excuse me but something seems to be wrong here. A life is a life no matter what language it speaks.