On January 17, New York resident Angelica Rios was arrested by the ASPCA on charges of neglect and abuse. The 23-year-old is accused of starving her Pit Bull, Nena, and keeping her locked in a small, filthy cage.
“Nena weighed just 39.4 pounds, she was dehydrated and her paws were swollen from living in her own waste," says Howard Lawrence, Senior Director of Operations for the ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement department. “She was in septic shock and, without medical attention, would likely have died.”
Nena was rushed to the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital, where she continues to recover. Her weight has already increased to more than 50 pounds.
"Unfortunately, we see far too many Pit Bulls being abused and neglected by their owners," says Stacy Wolf, Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel of the ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement department. "Our goal is twofold—holding perpetrators accountable for their cruel and callous acts and, when we can, giving the animal victims a second chance at a better life in a new home."
Rios is slated to appear in Stapleton Criminal Court today.
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