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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When did the ASPCA get law enforcement powers?
Does every quasi-government agency have the power of life and death in this country?
No wonder they are buying so many hollow point bullets to use against our citizens.

JOHN La Russo


Puppycide the D...

"Another day another cop shoots a dog":

A police officer chasing a suspect entered Bianca Alakson's fenced-in backyard the other day. When her 10-month-old Labrador-mix puppy ran toward the Redford Township, Ohio, officer, he shot the dog twice, killing it. Alakson's boyfriend, Ryan Showalter, ran outside and demanded to know why. He was arrested for interfering with an investigation.

"I asked him why," Showalter said. "And he said, 'Because he was in our way.' I was breaking down hysterically in the back seat of the cop car, crying. I didn't know what to do."

This wasn't long after Cole Middleton, a resident of Raines County, Texas, called the police to report that his house had been burgled. When an officer arrived Middleton's dog started barking. According to news reports, "the deputy claimed the dog was about to bite him and shot the dog to defend himself. … Middleton says the dog was shot in the head. He begged the deputy to finish off his cowdog named Candy since the dog was suffering."

"I was so upset," Middleton told KLTV-7 News. "I went over there to her and she was still alive and I begged and pleaded with him to please shoot her again because I don't have any firearms. They got stolen. He went and got in his vehicle and backed out of my driveway.

"And then I had to do the unthinkable. … I had to kill my dog with my bare hands and put her out of her suffering, praying for this to be over with," Middleton said.


Good for you William!! I would have done the exact thing! Thank you for being a voice for that GSD that was helpless. You Rock!!!


Hurting an animal may be morally wrong, but how is an animal's live worth two years of a human's life??


who pays for it to go to vet


Good job WIlliam. Bible says eye for an eye. You protected an innicent victim...regardless of how you had to do it. You win!


My only question is when did a private agency get arrest powers?

Dog Owner

This person deserves jail time and a fine!
He should also not be allowed to own any time of animal.
How a person can hurt an animal is beyond me.


Merlin; I hope you are just emotional about this and don't mean what you said. There are many things worse than death. And Karma is a b***h.