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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Robin from Orlando

I agree with the suggestion I've seen floating around FB to create an animal abuse offenders list. Anyone who is cruel to animals should never be allowed to adopt again. Their inhumane actions should also be taken in consideration if they are tried on other crimes that could include cruelty to a human. It should also distinguish between someone who means well and those who are inflict cruelty.


Yes, an animal abuser list is a very good idea for another reason. they would be watched, by people like us, for any sign of abusing another animal.


I am so tired of seeing people getting away with animal cruelty issues always with a slap on the hand. In this case, this guy will probably get off with only a fine, hardle enough justice for this poor little guy. If animal cruelty laws were upgraded and really backed a solid punch (mandatory jail sentences), then people like this evil jerk would think twice before even thinking about doing harm to an animal.


I think animal cruelty punishments need to be way more harsh. This is like a slap on the hand. It outrages me to see what ppl r capable of doing to animals.


Pleased to hear Drew is recovering!! In my opinion, Mr. Walker's sentence is NOT enough. The punishment should fit the crime. Happy to know there are good people out there to be the voice for animals!!! Thank you HLE for being their voice!!


This guy is just plain sick in the head to think what he did was ok then go on to blame the dog for not eating. BS! That calls for jail time & a higher fine. I pray for that beautiful dog.

Salina LLanes

In my opinion I believe an eye for an eye, @**hole!!


I bet ya his so called owner wasnt starving himself, oh thats ok karma well get him in the end.....


Only disgustings things like that happen when trash like that is able to own pets. It's about time that only responsible and respected people should have the privilege to own animals.


Animal cruelty, abuse, and neglect really need to be considered felonies. Reading stories like this makes me sick!