Dog Dies from Fractured Skull—ASPCA Arrests Suspect

Monday, February 21, 2011 - 4:00pm

“This was a senseless attack on an innocent animal,” says Stacy Wolf, Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel for Humane Law Enforcement.

Early this morning, ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Agents arrested Queens resident Jerry Melendez for beating his five-year-old Chihuahua, Spotye.

The investigation began on February 10, when ASPCA Agents responded to a call from a local animal hospital. A Chihuahua suffering from serious trauma and multiple seizures had been admitted by his owner. Spotye had to be euthanized due to the extent of his injuries.

The remains were signed over to the ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital for a necropsy. Results revealed that the Spotye had sustained a fractured skull caused by blunt force impact, and suffered from hemorrhage to his left eye.

“This was a clear-cut case of violent abuse,” says Wolf. “Animal cruelty is a serious crime, and we are doing everything we can to see that the victims receive justice.”

Melendez, 33, was arrested by ASPCA Special Agent Debbie Ryan and charged with one count of aggravated animal cruelty, a felony. If convicted, he faces up to two years in jail and a $2,000 fine.

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I grabbed a rubber hose away from an Hispanic who couldn't speak English. He was beating a German Shepherd on the corner of PCH in Dana Point. I was livid. I yelled some choice words to him. Then I beat him with it. Hopefully he could see what it felt like.
I wish they'd give anyone who beats and abuses animals life.


good job, hope you wipped him good


So you witnessed someone committing a criminal act of animal abuse, and responded with a criminal act of assault and battery.

Oh, you're such a good person! /sarc


Defending someone that can't defend themselves.. looks like Curtis has no clue about what a good person is...


are you a vegetarian?


Committing an act of violence and then not reporting the abuse of the animal to the police? Sounds like a liar or an idiot...


You must be another liberal

Don Zlaty

When the justice we seek makes us equal to the crime being committed, we do not win and neither does the victim be it a person or an animal. The dog did not benefit from the violence dished back to the human, in fact the additional violence added to its already frightened state. This tactic is also not brave as it does not remedy the immediate situation which is RESCUE the victim from its circumstance. A call to the authorities, attention brought to the abuser and a firm resolve to stand in between the dog and the attacker would have stopped the abuse and protected the dog allowing the energy to ebb away and eventually allowing the dog's wounds to be looked at.

What we do not know about from the details given is what happened to the GSD afterwards. We can only hope it was rescued and is not receiving the care it deserves.

Violence against violence does not solve our problems... it escalates it. We trade one bully for another.


By which time, the GSD would have been beaten to death by the perp. I am totally in favour of the person here, since his act ultimately served the purpose of helping the poor dog who would otherwise be defenseless at the hands of that criminal. Rules and law work to the benefit of individuals but when time demands immediate action, such acts are totally justified. Even law supports acts of self-defence.


I agree with you. I doubt any of the above negative commentators have been in such a situation.
You see a grown up beating a child, are you going to stand and watch while you wait for the police? No, you're going to stop the beating with any means you can.
When you see something like this, your adrenaline is pumping and all you want to do is save/protect the victim aka the dog.
Yes, he should've reported it to the SPCA/police, but by then the dog would've been bloodied and probably half dead.
He did the right thing at the right time. It's not a question of and eye-for-an-eye, it's protecting the helpless.
Maybe he could've left out the race of the person, but other than that, I support him 110 %.
If you haven't been in a situation like that where you had to make a quick choice, don't make any comments.