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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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Sue Lanthier

My thanks to all out there who rescue, foster and defend these amazing creatures, large and small.
I agree with you, Mary. Abuse to the point of fracturing a dog's skull is reprehensible. Even if these injuries occurred as the result of an accident, think of what hell this Chihuahua must have experienced as a result of this type of injury; why did it have to wait for medical care?
I am a law abiding woman, I respect the rights of ALL persons. WE are the caretakers of animals. WE as a species have domesticated a great number of them for our own purposes. They have provided us food during the hunt, security of our homes and families and assistance to HUMANS for thousands of years, it is our obligation to care for them. Any COWARDS out there who disagree with the punishment of CRIMINALS who abuse, torture or persecute animals should come back in the next life as one. I would gladly pull my car over on any road anywhere and defend an animal; if this means that I must physically attack an animal's abuser then so be it. I WILL NOT STAND BY AND ALLOW THIS BEHAVIOR BY ANYONE OF MY SPECIES. To those who disagree with me , I suggest that you remember these words as I will never have remorse for my actions.
ANIMAL ABUSE IN ANY FORM IS THE VERY DEFINITION OF WRONG. Acts of aggression, neglect, physical / verbal abuse of ANY animal will get you exactly what you deserve...and I will happily be the one to stop it in my presence using ANY means necessary.

James

funny how all of you come here and chat violently. childish simpletons

Stacey

Childish, for expressing their hatred for such treatment of animals? You sir, are a simpleton for not understanding the seriousness of the matter and understanding that people will NOT tolerate this and are trying to get a point across to idiots who may think such behaviour is alright.

catdoglady

I rather animals to people , so I hate all animal abusers.To the guillotine with them!!!!

catdoglady

I rather animals to people , so I hate all animal abusers.To the guillotine with them!!!!

dragoh4t12

I agree with all contributors. I think life in prison for people who spank, discipline, verbally abuse, pat too harshly, hide the ball from, tease, annoy, force into leashes, feed dry dog food, reprimand, take shoes or precisous vaubles from, stop from poo-rolling their dogs. Heck, to strike a dog while it is biting you should carry the death penalty, because the dog is only doing what comes natural. And I think all evidence should be hearsay.
Come on people. If it can be proved, then lock him up and throw away the key. Cruelty is wrong, but some of you are just plain wack-nuts.
And what the HECK constitutional law of congress gives a beurocrat the authorty to arrest anyone...Oh, I forgot: the U.S. has ditched the constitution.

BISHOPC

FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS-MY NEIGHBORS HAVE POISON MY ANIMALS (50 CHICKENS, 7 DOGS, 4 CATS AND GOATS TO DATE) WITH ANTIFREEZE (i HAD ONE OF THE DOGS AUTOPSIED TO PROVE IT), SHOT AND KILLED MY DOG ON MY PORCH (SHOT HIM THE PREVIOUS YEAR BUT DIDN'T KILL HIM). aFTER THE FINAL SHOOTING, THE COUNTY POLICE ARRESTED THEM BUT NO CHARGES WERE EVER FILED. tHERE IS NO JUSTICE.

Ifoster

Its sad to think that when justice is "served" its just a slap on the wrist and maybe a $500 fine or maybe a year in jail and a $1,000 fine and the person only serves one month out of that 1 year. There is no justice.

paul8664

ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Agents? Really? Who pays for these "agents"?

Gian Lorenzo T...

Veri good agents

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