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ASPCA Rescues Starving Pit Bull Chained to Tree

Monday, June 18, 2012 - 12:15pm

One-year-old Pit Bull Zelliewas just skin and bones when ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) Agents found her with no food or water. The neglected pup was shackled to a tree with a padlock attached to a short, heavy chain—and there was no escape for her. Not until we arrived.

Our Agents quickly rescued Zellie and transported her to the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in Manhattan for treatment. Weighing just 32 pounds, veterinarians determined that she was both starved and dehydrated.

This Saturday, Shakisha Codling, 31, was arrested by ASPCA Special Investigator Mark MacDonaldand charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty. If convicted, she faces up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. She is due in Queens Criminal Court on July 31.

As for Zellie? After receiving treatment by ASPCA staff, she now weighs 48 pounds—a 51 percent increase!  She is currently receiving lots of love and attention at the hospital and will eventually be made available for adoption.

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Sandi Hull

Thank God this baby girl was saved.Sadly, it will continue to happen because many humans are selfish and cruel.If this idiot could walk away and feel nothing, I seriously doubt that she'll show up for her court date.And nothing will be done then, either.No real justice for Zellie; just an opportunity to have food and water - how pitiful society is.

lisa

What is wrong with people who abuse animals? These creatures are so innocent. I'd like to shackle this stupid idiot person to a tree with no food or water and see how she does. Actually, I wish these sort of people would just disappear off this earth - they are horrible and foul people who contribute nothing good to the world!!

lori acevedo

An eye for an eye!!!! I totally agree w/ Terri. Punishment NEEDS to fit the crime! All this cruelty NEEDS to STOP!!!!!!!!!!!

valerie

THANK YOU FOR SAVING A BEATING HEART. LOOKS AS IF SHE STILL HAS ALOT OF LOVE TO GIVE EVEN AFTER THE ABUSE.

Alanna

THANK YOU! GOD IS WATCHING AND HE IS SO HAPPY FOR THE LOVE THAT ASPCA PEOPLE HAVE FOR ANIMALS ...

Jen

Wow! You can really see the difference in these pictures, in the first she looks so sad and defeated. What a beautiful, sweet dog she is. So happy she was rescued and is living the life she deserves!

judylynn scott

AGAIN I will say-can we please chain her to a tree with a bowl of water 10ft away & food?? I promise you "we" won't tell!!!!!!

Sadden by the news

If you google " Shakisha Codling" a facebook page for Shakisha Codling in Queens pops up. Could be her. Perhaps you guys should write to her... She doens't look like the type who can read but never know..

Jen

Why can't the fine and punishment be the same as if the victim was human? Granted these idiots would still do what they do but maybe for some they'd think twice about it?! Shakesshirhasra whatever her loser name is, deserves jail and the fine if not more!

roberta perlis

I can not stop crying. This should never happen. I hope that person get the maximum allowed and I hope stiffer sentences can be enacted and soon.

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