Pit Bull Starved in Brooklyn

Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 2:00pm

Drew before and after.

Three-month-old Drew was skin and bones the day he arrived at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital.  His owner, Leedell Walker, claimed the pup had not been eating—then proceeded to give up custody of the dog and leave. The hospital team knew something was very wrong and contacted ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement (HLE).

After a full examination, forensic veterinarians confirmed that the near-death Drew was in a critical state of shock and severely anemic. The vets concluded that 37-pound Drew had been starved.

It didn’t take long to for HLE to conclude its case. Walker, 57, was arrested by Special Agent Bradley English and charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty. If convicted, he faces up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. Walker is due in Kings County Criminal Court on June 11.

Drew continues his recovery, and now weighs 65 pounds—a 76 percent increase! This handsome boy will soon be made available for adoption.

If you suspect an animal may be the victim of neglect or abuse, please report it.

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Dorothea Vargo

In my opinion not enough punishment for the harm he caused this poor animal... I hope he finds a forever loving home with alot of TLC...


I completely agree with the above poster. This is NOT enough of a punishment for this scumbag "owner".


Too many states treat such abuse as a misdemeanor. I firmly believe animal abuse should be a federal felony with mandatory jail time.

Elizabeth Philipone

I completely agree - if a person can starve an innocent animal, what is to say they wouldn't to it to anyone under their care - such as a child or elderly parent.


I love happy endings. Glad he is doing so well and glad HLE will be able to get justice for Drew.


This poor baby! I believe [FIRMLY] that people[abusers] should have done to them as they have done to their poor animals!


I concur! I am so sick and tired of this abuse.

Dorothy Johnson

What a tragic story for this beautiful boy! He looks so amazing now! Hos awful for him to have to go through such pain at the hands of someone who was supposed to take care of him! God bless him. I pray he finds a forever home very soon...

judylynn scott

really? only 1 year!! plzzzz, lets make a strong stand & STOP ALL ANIMAL ABUSE! make it a "felony" and longer jail time than maybe just maybe "some animals "will ahve a chance to be saved and the "real animals" who do this will think before even getting ANY animal

Corina Torres