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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Sharon Tupper

How can someone be so heartless? I do hope they find this guy very guilty for animal cruelty and he should be starved to the point where he loses weight too. Show him how it feels to be without food. I am totally against animal cruelty (every aspect of it) and I also love happy endings when those pets who were once neglected, found new homes with loving families. I am glad to hear that Jack and Jill got adopted.

Kerry Burkhardt

Stories like this make me sad for humanity and proud to be a member of the ASPCA.

Frankie D

People like this need to be made an example of, lets lock him in a room and not feed him until social services find him, then kick him in the fuckin head a few times


People are such assholes. He should get 5 years not maybe 2 years in year.


It is ashame the poor little things couldn't be adopted together, after being locked away together for so long they must have grieved when they were split up. They kept each other alive because by all means they should have both been dead especially with no water.
and....SPHINCTER BOY should be chained to a tree in the middle of no where, stripped down and left there with no food and water for about six month and then really just put out of his misery!! because people like that are not only going to abuse an animal...their going to abuse their wife, their kids, do drugs, probably live a life of crime so really their just a waste of good oxygen anyway!!

faith ditzler

they look so much better.thank god they were found.i am glad they have no issues.

thank u for being the babies angels,faith


I have no love for a human who can hurt a dog.. or any other animal.. they only want to give us love and happiness. For anyone to do something like this to puppies.. well, he's not a human, he's a beast. He deserves to be flogged.


Someone should leave him somewhere to starve. What a horrible thing to do to those poor furbabies. So glad the ASPCA found them in time and helped them. This man is a poor excuse for a human being.


Animal abusers deserve to die! Our society has become WAY to permissive about people's rights and crap like that. Hurt and animal and we kill you. Wish it could be so!

danielle stockdale

Hope he rots in Jail!! HUMAN GARBAGE!