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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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Kevin

Please save your comments until you learn a language.

yort

Yes, maybe its time we stop babying these aholes and start beating them for their idiotic ways!

Denise

spoken like a person with a criminal record and probably beats women and animals too..poor pathetic curtis

Brenda

Yeah well, you know Curtis, it's about time someone let an animal abuser feel what it's like to be beaten. I'd have done the same thing. Doesn't make any sense to call the police....they don't do a thing.

Brenda

Sorry you were so offended by this. Maybe because you've done some animal abusing too, Curtis??

vjunior

What's your solution? Just to comment?

johanna janssen

Yes Curtis, this man is
a good and brave person who defended a living being, who could not defend itself. What is the matter with you Curtis, being one of those cruel
and cowardly idiots ??

Joy

Hopefully that wasn't a sarcastic youre such a good person, you know pets today are treasured generally like our children, also the laws are never tough enough! Let them serve about 20 yrs speaks clear message!And to me if youll do it to a helpless animal what about maybe a child etc??

Joyce

While I agree with your response but until man gets the point to really pass laws against these acts toward helpless pets etc your not getting much justice done I just seen someone facing two yrs $2,000 fine slap on a wrist for fracturing a dogs skull causing severe bleeding to the eye! A person sorry needs about 15 yrs and some crimes death for it and if you do it to a animal what would a human get????????

Conservative

Curtis must be a bleeding heart liberal.

I hope once you beat the carp out the guy, you kept the GS.

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