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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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jane

wow....

Linda (Kat) Karnes

I am very happy for the pups; however, that monster who packed up and left them to starve should be charge with a felony, not a misdemeanor. He's a nasty piece of work and needs to be removed from society, mandatory mental health counseling on how to treat other living things, and he should be closely monitored when he is released to be sure that he never owns another animal in his lifetime. These kinds of people make me sick, and this behavior is unacceptable. If he did it once, he'll do it again.

Donna Abecasis

2 Years and or up to $2,000.00. IS NOT ENOUGH. THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE THAN A CHILD STARVING IS STARVING.......ANIMAL OR PERSON! !!!!!! BEING ABANDONED IS JUST THAT!!!#
THEY SHOULD MAKE IT SO THAT THE PEOPLE WHO DO THIS GET JUST WHAT THEY DESERVE.
AND THAT IS NOT ENOUGH.......
WHO AGREES WITH ME! !!! I BET ALMOST EVERYONE

Ali

This guy is getting a slap on the wrist for such a horrific crime. If our laws were stricter then maybe these awful people would think twice. He could have brought them to a shelter and chose to let them stay there to die. I am so glad they were found and there was a happy ending. But in so many cases it is not a happy ending and we need better laws! All animal a users should be on a registry list like sex offenders too in EVERY STATE! Jail time should be 10 plus years. These poor animals are innocent just like babies. I pray something changes.

Vickie

I believe either individuals who abuse/neglect animals will be reincarnated as a pet OR there is a special corner of hell reserved for them.

Marya Fitzgerald

This is for those commenters who want appropriate punishment for animal abusers. In addition to donating to organizations like ASPCA and your local rescue groups, send money to legal groups like Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF). These wonderful people cannot do their work for free! In other words, put your money where your heart is and give them the wherewithal to pursue abusers in court and get abuse laws strengthened.

Brooke Knowles

How sad! I think he should never own a dog and two years in jail?Please! He won't care, $5,000 fine and 10 years in jail and That is just a minimum.

Donna Abecasis

2 Years and or up to $2,000.00. IS NOT ENOUGH. THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE THAN A CHILD STARVING IS STARVING.......ANIMAL OR PERSON! !!!!!! BEING ABANDONED IS JUST THAT!!!#
THEY SHOULD MAKE IT SO THAT THE PEOPLE WHO DO THIS GET JUST WHAT THEY DESERVE.
AND THAT IS NOT ENOUGH.......
WHO AGREES WITH ME! !!! I BET ALMOST EVERYONE

Darla Hill

This guy who left his Puppy's in his apartment after he was evicted is a Horror!!! He should never be allowed to have another animal!!!! Hope the Jugde throws the Book at him!!!!! I donate to the ASPCA every month!!!! They do great work!!!!!

kaye

I hope the judge throws the book at him for leaving these poor dogs. it happens so often now. trouble is judges only slap a hand of the criminal cause its an animal.

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