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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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Tucker

I AM SOOOO HAPPY JILL WAS ADOPTED IN TO HER LOVING,CARING,SAFE,FOREVER FAMILY/HOME!
IT IS HAPPY DANCE TIME IN HONOR OF JILL DOG!!

I CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR AN UPDATE ON JACK SO I CAN
DO A HAPPY DANCE IN HONOR OF HIM!!
TO BAD THEY WEREN'T ADOPTED TOGETHER!! )))))-;

PRAYING JACK WILL BE ADOPTED SOOOOOON!!

AS FOR THIS EFFIN PUNK WHO DID THIS TO THESE POOR DOGS,
GO TO HELL! START IN JAIL,SUFFFER,GET THE CRAP BEATEN OUT OF YOU
THEN GO TO HELL AN ROT!!

HE BETTER THE HELL GET JAIL TIME AND NOT JUST A FINE!!

Dave Zack

Could somebody at the ASPCA or NYPD provide a known address for Jerome Smith? I have some New York relatives that would LOVE to have a "little chat" with him. Please e-mail me the info to: davezack@roadrunner.com. Thank you. After Tony and Anthony have a "little chat" with Jerome, he'll no longer be a menace to society.

Steve

When I was evicted, I lived in my car with my dog Lobo. I would have it NO other way. He was a friend for me every day. A life without him was unthinkable. He is gone now, and I miss him every day. How can anyone sleep at night knowing your dogs are scared and hungry. God!! Sick AH. I told him while holding his face, we live together or we die together. I know he got it.

Denise

Jerome Smith should be starved

Joanne

He faces "up to 2 years and/or a $2,000 fine". He left them to die and that is what should be done to him but I realize that won't happen. He should get the max - two years and the $2K fine!

Jim Gibson

I have a Chi named Punkin. She is the love of my life and I would do ANYTHING for her. And no one, but NO ONE will ever hurt her, as long as I'm alive! I agree: We really need laws to treat these criminals like child abusers. Why is this not so already? What can we do about it? There is no love or loyalty on earth like that of a wonderful dog or cat.

Carol

Forget the fine or money..he probably won't do either...lock him up in a room with no food or water for as long as the dogs were left..

penina

i cannot even imagine why people with no compassion or heart would take in a pet in the first place...why would they want to be "bothered"? that is all is must seem like to them, unless they think they would look "cool", or that it might be some quick fun. the person that wrote that punishment is an afterthought was right. heartless people are either bad seeds from the start, or have been abused and never given any love or compassion themselves. thank god for the aspca and the wonderful work that you do on behalf of these innocent creatures. makes me want to run home right now, and hug my two rescues!

Marliese Bonk

It never ceases to amaze me how many people ask "why did this moron/monster, etc. get these animals in the first place" after a severe cruelty case is discovered. Yet, each and every day we see animals abused in the most vile and reprehensible manner and how many commenters out there actually contact their legislators, DA's, Congressman, Sentators, etc.? Until we bombard law enforcement and politicos to enact tougher laws and punishment for abusers, nothing is going to change. In Pittsburgh PA last week, a man beat his ill German Sheppard to death with a metal rod - he hit the moaning animal 50 times before it died - and he'll most likely get off with a slap on the wrist. The abuser stated that he wanted to put his sick dog out of his misery in a "humane" manner and didn't realize it would take 50 blows to kill him! Imagine for one moment heinous, reprehensible people such as him living in your midst and not doing anything about it! Comments aren't enough - we need ACTION!

Amy

From Harlem?....what a chimp
I don't care if he was 23 or 83 he should know better.
He just didn't care.
How can anyone raise a child like that..no regard for anything or anybody. Hope jail life is horrible for him, he deserves it.

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