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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There are some people that should not have something so wonderful as a pet I love my two dogs so much


THis is so unforgiven!!!!! I thanked GOD He include "Thou shall KILL" in His Ten Commandments. I swear, if it wasn't, I will kill this Son of B**ch who did this to this poor dog. I hope you and your family's soul BURN IN HELL !!!


I dont think $1000 fine and one lousy year in jail is even close to appropriate justice fod what she did. Thats why people do it. NO CONSEQUENCES!!!!! COME ON PEOPLE. WE NEED BETTER....MUCH STRICTER PENALTIES!!!! SHE ALMOST STARVED HIM TO DEATH!!!!!!!!!


When will he be made available for adoption?


When will he be made available for adoption?

CArole Meyre

That is no where near a tough enough penalty. How can people do these unspeakable things? With animal cruelty, an eye-for-an-eye seems right.

Paula Resley

anyone that does this to an animal deserves to spend some time alone with themselves in a cell. Consider how it would feel to be neglected, basically tortured with no food or water, and abandoned. How anyone can mistreat a loving animal is beyond me.

Maria I Santos

Hope she does time and not get fed. So she can have a taste of her own Medicine.

Katherine Berry

I hope the owner rots in hell! So glad this Chihuahua is now in better hands. I home he can find a good loving home for him.


A 1,000 dollar fine really doesn't do animal cruelty justice. The severity of the punishment people receive for this type of cruelty shouldn't depend on the size of their wallet. Sure, for a lot of people a $1,000 fine would be very difficult for them financially. Although, if the criminal happens to be well-off, a $1000 fine is unlikely to make them think about the damage they have done, and unlikely to keep them from doing this again.