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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Wow! I'm so glad that precious baby has a second chance at life. What a disgusting story! One year in jail is not enough time for that lady!!! Unless they starve her in jail like she did to that poor little doggie!!!!!

Tracy Hasting

I take "Thumpers Law" because what I have to say is not nice. I do hope that people that do this are convicted and ban from ever having another pet.


Something more has to be done to the people that do this to animals. They get a slap on the wrist. How many of these creeps even do the year in jail? It's sickening. Can't anything more be done?

debi wickwire

give her the max!!!

Harriet Kaufman

Here, in Nevada, it is a FELONY to abuse animals. Come on, New York. This woman deserves a felony. Lord knows, what else she has done on this Earth. It all links! Please change these laws. She would do this to a child, as well.

deborah bauer

They should have the punishment as $10,000 fine AND a year in jail, not $1000 OR a year in jail.

Michelle S

This woman deserves to starve herself! She should get a year in prison for evey year she made this poor baby starve. There are such sick people in this world that should not be given the amazing blessing it is to have an animal. Absolutely pathetic.


People. Are. So selfish...take the time to help an animal in need or a human in need Jesus would

Stacey Holliday

Animal Cruelty Should Be A Felony...She Will Probably Get A Slap On Wrist...Thank Goodness This Baby Will Be One Of The Lucky Saved Ones.

Judi Cornfield

This abuse should be a major FELONY!!!! Big fine and lots of jail time!!! You have ti get tough with these horrible poor excuses for human beings!!!!!