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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Conservative must be a bleeding heart liberal.


So it seems O.K. with you, Curtis to just SET and watch an act of criminal animal abuse. Your the good person in my book. I hope some day I can get the chance to set and watch someone beat you. Then, I can be a good person to.

Michele S

Shut up you stupid person. If everyone got a taste of what they deal out ro defenceless animals, maybe animal abuse would stop


Curtis(sarc) Maybe you should drive around a couple of days with the ASPCA and see first hand what they witness every time they help a animal in distress. You are not there but they are! And I bet you think you are a good person(Sarc)


How liberal of you Curtis. I suppose the Russians won't invade Ukraine, Syria has half a chance for freedom, our borders are secure and nothing happened in Benghazi.
He should have whipped YOU with a hose.

Sue Lanthier

Good man, William.


I hope he felt the pain. Good work.


what is wrong with you?


There's a difference between the law and justice. I don't think it's relevant, btw, that the dog-beater was Hispanic! But he deserved to be beaten! Unfortunately, the beater has to consider that he's breaking the law and could be arrested. This is a form of civil disobedience. If you commit such an act, however justified, you have to be willing to face the consequences. Yes, yes! Violence is evil. But how do you discourage the kind of zombie that would beat a poor animal?


Beating an illegal is always a good idea hahaha