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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Deb Strong

Should be a felony!! Tired of seeing beaten, abused animals. Agreed there should be animal abuse offenders list. Proven fact that animal abuse can lead to sexual abuse & generally how serial killers start - why is more not done at all legislative levels? Hope Drew gets a great home & knows that a lot of folks love him!

Donna G Sparks

Give him the maximum allowed by law! Wish it was more!

Donna G Sparks

Give him the maximum allowed by law! Wish it was more!


I agree with animal cruelty cases being treated as felonies. People who do these horrible things to animals disgust me! The law needs to punish them and stop wrist slapping. I'd throw Drew's tormentor in a cell and starve him for a few months, and that would be the nicer of the various punishments I could think of for this scum bag. Glad to see this sweet dog is doing so much better. Bless you guys at the ASPCA for all you do! <3

Dave J

These type of crimes are usually indicative of later, much worse offenses as well.

Adelaide Acquaviva

The law is not severe enough for this kind of cruelty to an animal. It should be a felony, not a misdemeaor. We need tougher laws for animal abusers.


I am so glad to see Drew doing so well! And while I agree completely that the laws aren't strong enough and that the person who is responsible for this deserves the maximum penalty allowed by law, I am also grateful that he turned the animal over to the ASPCA animal hosptial. After allowing Drew to get to the state he was in, he could have just let him die and avoided everything that is going to happen to him. I can't help but think there's a bit more to this story...if someone is cruel enough to neglect an animal and let it starve down to this point, why would they bring it to an ASPCA animal hospital, why wouldn't they just let it die? Some part of me thinks that this man is taking the fall for someone else...perhaps a family member who wasn't caring for Drew and this man didn't want to see the animal die, but didn't want the owner getting into trouble. Normally I'm not such a bleeding heart, but something about this story just doesn't seem to make a full picture when you "connect the dots." We all know of parents who are enablers to their children and would do anything for them...I don't know, I could very well be wrong, but it's a feeling I'm getting from the story!

Emily Van Kampen

Good point, I didn't think about how it is weird that he did bring the dog in. . .because, true, if he were purposely trying to kill the dog,it seems there would be better ways, and why surrender the dog at all?

Corina Torres

I think the only reason he took him was because someone told him you take him or I will call law enforcements and he thought since he turned him in nothing was gonna happen to him. If he wasnt purposely starving the dog, why did he let him get to that stage, this is weeks and weeks, maybe even months of starving...not just a few days.


You make a very valid point. The important thing is Drew got the help he needed and is on the way to a happy and safe life.