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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If he had control of the hose, then he had control over the situation. There was absolutely no need (other than revenge) to whip the perpetrator with the hose. The perp should be reported to the police. Violence should not be the answer unless it is absolutely necessary to prevent further abuse of the animal. This was not the case.




what logic are you using? EYE FOR AN EYE!

Ingrid Naraine

If we began to exact justice in an eye for an eye way be it for animal or human then perhaps it may make these crazies stop their inhumane behavior. If one of these people felt that after it was discovered that they had inflicted such inhumane cruelty and that justice would be swift and in the same vein, then hopefully it may begin to be a deterrent to people feeling that they can murder an innocent helpless animal and basically get away from it. We are not talking about benefit here we are talking about deterrent to the ignorant from inflicting unnecessary pain on a helpless creature, so I really don't understand what you are talking about. Because of people like you tolerating intolerable behavior that is why the world in general is the way it is. Nobody knew how abused the dog was until it died. In some neighborhoods if you report animal cruelty and it is suspected that you are the one that reported it, you have to move.


So I'm not the only one who was thinking that, huh Bob?


you sir are a sick SOB I hope you get cancer and die a horrible painful death


wow merlin is really messed up haha


Merlin, sounds like you have a few demons of your own. Theres no point in taking what is a healthy discussion and trying to pull it down in the gutter.

Big Al

I wouldn't have even wasted my time, I would have beat him to death and gone home to have dinner with my new dog. There are some people who are not worth the life of the animal and this person is one of them. Don't like it, don't beat the dog, don't like my opinion, let me catch you beating an animal.

Sue Lanthier

CURTIS, crawl back under your rock buddy....Evolution isn't finished with you yet. Comment when you get a conscientious.