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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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Monica

I pray this person is treated 10 times worse than she ever treated this baby!! There's a SPECIAL place in hell for her!!

Amber N

We need tougher animal cruelty laws! ONE YEAR IN JAIL?! That's pathetic for what torture this poor animal went through- it takes longer than a year for a dog to end up like poor Vampiro. Our animal cruelty laws are a JOKE. This will keep happening unless we can pass tougher laws for tougher punishments!!!

Destiny

As the proud mama to a rescued chihuahua I am appalled at the way this baby was treated. May his abuser rot in hell for what she has done!

Angelic

I would love to adopt this poor thing. Can I get information on how to go about putting in an application or something. I really am interested in Vampiro...

Logan

1 year for that! That's definitely not enough! She nearly killed the poor thing!

chair

She should get a six year sentence or for as long as she's had the dog .

If what the world's major religions teach us is true, Satan will one day provide this woman with a permanent job as his official super dooper pooper scooper.

CARMEN

I hope she will be put in jail for what she did to Vampiro. I have a chihuahua, my dog only eats Royal Canin for small adult dogs.The pellets are small - making it easy for him to chew. He has medical insurance and takes a preventive heart worm pill each month....cant believe someone can do to a inocent dog, what that beast did to Vampiro.

CARMEN

I hope she will be put in jail for what she did to Vampiro. I have a chihuahua, my dog only eats Royal Canin for small adult dogs.The pellets are small - making it easy for him to chew. He has medical insurance and takes a preventive heart worm pill each month....cant believe someone can do to a inocent dog, what that beast did to Vampiro.

kerin

Vampiro's future family has a very big job ahead convincing him that all humans aren't monsters. I am a firm believer in restorative justice, so i would sentence the owner to work 500 hours at the local shelter and watch other people find the love and joy animals provide. The punishment would be not being allowed to ever have or even hold one.

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