ASPCA Makes Arrest in Case of Starving Puppies Abandoned in Apartment

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 1:00pm
Jack before and after

Photos: [top] Jack and [bottom] Jill, before and after receiving treatment at the ASPCA Animal Hospital.

Can you imagine leaving your pets behind in your former home, even in the worst possible circumstances? We can’t either. And yet, after Jerome Smith, 23, was evicted from his Harlem apartment, he chose to do just that to his six-month-old puppies.

When New York City Animal Care & Control officers opened the door to Smith’s former home in September, they found Terrier mix puppies Jack and Jill, all alone and in bad shape.

The officers called ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement, and our agents brought the pups to the ASPCA Animal Hospital right away.

ASPCA veterinarians found Jack and Jill to be dehydrated, malnourished and severely underweight. Jack weighed 12.7 pounds and Jill weighed 8.5 pounds. By contrast, after being fed a balanced diet and receiving treatment by ASPCA staff, Jack now weighs 36.5 pounds and Jill weighs 30.3 pounds—a 187 and 256 percent increase, respectively.

The ASPCA arrested Smith in December. He was charged with two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. If convicted, he faces up to two years in jail and/or a $2,000 fine.

Jack and Jill's story ends happily. On January 13, Jill was adopted! Jack is waiting for a forever family at the ASPCA Adoption Center, located in Manhattan. To learn more about how you can adopt Jack, please visit the ASPCA Adoption Center online.

Update 1/18/13: We are thrilled to report that Jack was adopted!

If you suspect you’ve witnessed animal cruelty, please report it.

Jill before and after

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He should NEVER be allowed to have another animal or ever having kids! What the hell is causing 2-legged creatures to turn into such monsters? God help us all. . . .


People who abuse animals are sociopaths and are at high risk for abusing/killing people. Let's save time and prevent that by taking these pieces of crap out back and shooting them! I would live in my car or on the street before I'd leave my animals!

Donna Myatt

How could anyone mistreat a animal. They give so much unconditional love


All I can say is I wish I had an endless amount of money like A super hero so I could become an animal crime fighter and save the animals and whoop up on the people causing the abuse. if anyone has the money and wants to fund their own personal Animal Crime Fighter let me know.
Every abused animal needs a HERO! Will you be that Hero?

Ana Capote

Unfortunately inhumans that do this sort of horrific act don't receive the penalty that they deserve..a misdemeanor should have been a felony. What those puppies must have endured is heartbreaking....they should throw him in a cell and do the same to that peice of scum...let him endure what those poor innocent animals went thru...

Geri Hunter

When are these people going to be severely punished? Is it time for an eye for an eye? Enough is enough!!! The strictess punishment is necessary. Get the word out, if you do this you will be accountable for your actions.


i cant believe people who have no regard for an animals life. they should put this piece of shit in jail and starve him. maybe he would learn then.he shoulsnt be able to have another pet as long as he lives.thank god these poor babies were adopted and will be shown that not all humans are evil.

Pat Volk

How could he? Why did he? You can see the differenc in their faces before and after.why not just tkae them to a shelter/


There should be a minimum of a 5 year sentence. Up to two years of prison time, means he will probably only get 6 months. That's not long enough for a psychopath.


to just drop them off at a shelter, any shelter if you can't care for them any longer?