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ASPCA Makes Arrests in Two Severe Neglect Cases

Friday, March 8, 2013 - 4:15pm

Tinkerbell

 
[Right] Tinkerbell at intake, and again two months after receiving treatment.

The ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) department has made arrests in two truly shocking cases of neglect.

On February 26, HLE Agents arrested Manhattan resident Peter Morin, 60, over the neglect of his 11-year-old Shih Tzu, Tinkerbell.

Staff at a dog grooming salon knew something was wrong when they met Tinkerbell, so they did the right thing: They called the ASPCA. Our Agents located Morin, who agreed to relinquish Tinkerbell. We rushed her to get the veterinary attention she needed.

At ASPCA Animal Hospital, veterinarians found Tinkerbell to be blind and in pain due to untreated kidney disease. They also found her to have dental disease, hair matting, dried discharge, debris all over her coat and overgrown nails.

Under our care, Tinkerbell has regained some sight and is recovering from her other ailments. She’ll eventually be made available for adoption.

[Below] Biggie upon intake at the ASPCA Hospital, and again on the day of his adoption with his new family.

Biggie

 
 
Just a day after Morin’s arrest, ASPCA Agents arrested Brooklyn resident Marvin Silver, 24. Last April, Silver surrendered his dog, a three-year-old Pit mix named Biggie, to Animal Care & Control of NYC.

At the time, Biggie was just 45.2 pounds and showed signs of neglect. Staff at the shelter alerted the ASPCA to his condition, and we responded right away.

Biggie

ASPCA veterinarians found Biggie to be weak, emaciated and dehydrated. They concluded he had been starved. Two months after receiving treatment, Biggie’s weight increased to 71.1 pounds—a 57 percent gain. Biggie was adopted February 7 by a Staten Island family.

Both Morin and Silver have been charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty. If they are convicted, they face up to a year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

If you suspect you’ve witnessed animal abuse or neglect, please report it. You may just save a life.
 

 
 

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Maria Merrill

He needs to do both!!!! One to help cover the costs and as a donation and the other to know what it is like to live in misery!!! Then, also he should do community time to help in shelters or muck out barns or any other nasty job!!!!

Judi C

Animal abuse should be a felony, not a misdeanor! Get with it and punish these people!!!!!!!!!!!!

nancy

Thank God both of these animals were spared. They should be convicted and spend time in jail and pay a fine. They say if they are convicted there should be no IF"S it should be done. I am so sick of hearing about these animals found starving abused what is wrong with this world that some people have no regard for there pets. Do us all a favor and DON"T get pets in the first place.

Jen

In my mind, anyone that abuses an animal would do it to a human.

L.Gray

These punishments and so called "arrests" and "fines" are nowhere NEAR severe enough! I am so glad SOMETHING was done, and that one has already been adopted and that the other will be given to someone who cares, but it sickens me that our system is so unjust! I pray that someday our system will get it right and then people won't even consider being cruel or neglectful because the punishments will be severe enough and not worth it. "Eye for an eye" I say...

jacqueline gwilliam

I AM SO PROUD TO BE AN ASPCA MEMBER FOR YEARS. THERE IS NO JUSTICE FOR THESE POOR BABIES SUFFERING AT THE HANDS OF THESE MORONS. A YEAR IN JAIL AND OR $1000.00 FINE IS UNEXCEPTABLE. THERE HAS TO BE MORE OF A PUNISHMENT. WE HAVE 14 CATS AND A PIT/HUSKY ALL SPAYED AND NEUTERED AND SPOILED. IT MAKES ME HEARTSICK WHEN I READ OR HEAR THESE ACTS OF CRUELTY. IF ONLY THE SAME KIND OF CRUELTY GIVEN THESE POOR INNOCENT ANIMALS COULD BE GIVEN THE PERPETRATOR THEN JUSTICE MAY BE SERVED. THEY NEED TO FEEL WHAT THEIR VICTIMS HAVE SUFFERED. EVEN THEN IT WON'T BE ENOUGH. THANK YOU ASPCA FOR CARING AND TRYING TO SAVE LIVES

Nina

Is there a way or anything we as the public can do to try to influence heavier charges on future animal abuse cases? I feel like just one year in jail or a $1000 fine is really in my eyes just a slap on the wrist.

Harriet Sklar

These people should rot in jail.

Melissa Simonds...

I am relieved to hear that these people have been arrested; however a life of these precious, innocent, and vulnerable animals is worth more than a year in jail or $1,000 fine. The damage done to these animals and rehabilitation often times amounts to more than the fines. Sad.

Jeannie

Animal abusers need to receive tougher sentences. Abuse, neglect, torture, etc. are not misdemeanors and should not be treated as such. It's time to crack down on these monsters.
I thank the ASPCA and other animal rescuers every day for what they do. You're the best!

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