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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Right...because animals NEVER commit any violent and cruel acts.


Somebpdy needs to slap the sarcasm out of curtis.


To hit any animal. let alone a little dog like that , hard enough to crack it's skull is callous and cruel, jail time and force them to work at an animal shelter for free .


True, if that's actually the facts. We know the animal was severely injured, but from this article I didn't see evidence or proof that the individual is actually guilty of a crime.
He hs been arrested and accused, not yet proven.
Was his side of the story told? was it an accidental injury?
How many times have we seen parents charged with child abuse for injuries sustained in accidents? It happens, and this might be the case.

If he's guilty, I hope he gets the full sentence. But it's not right to convict someone in the court of public opinion until all the facts are known and a jury of his peers has a chance to review the facts and come to a determination.


Yeah, I guess the dog tripped and fractured his skull. Happens all the time.


"ASPCA Special Agent Debbie Ryan" okay, I don't agree with abusing animals but why in the name of all things good and holy does the ASPCA have "Special Agent's?" That is just stupid.


This makes me SO sad and SO upset: Anyone who could abuse an innocent animal should get back what he dished out. Too bad the guy didn't beat him to DEATH with the bat. Then, he'd never ever hurt an animal again. We need "an eye for an eye" philosophy in this country. Maybe then, the idiots would think twice before doing something so horrible. The piece of shit son of a bitch will go to hell. Too bad he's not there already.....

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.


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


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.