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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Sheila Haeusler

It never fails to amaze me how so-called 'humans' can inflict such suffering on any creature, yet alone one so young. I can't imagine the pain the poor little fella was in. The penalty given to this 'man' definitely wasn't big enough. I just hope little Drew gets a wonderful forever home with people who will really love and respect him.

Sheri Schdongold

He is becoming the beauty he always could be. I am glad Drew was able to be helped. His owner, on the other hand, could be tarred, feathered and ridden out of town on a rail and that would still be too good for him. It is too bad that we don't have a registry, like the sex abusers, for animal abusers and then we could check and not allow them to adopt.

Sonia Otero

How can we as human beings turn a blind eye to such a horrible situation! I am sure SOMEONE must have seen what was going on. They are just as guilty, by association, for not doing a dam thing to help, to prevent this.


I think the guy should get a minimum of 10 years in prison AND a $1 million fine. teach him that abusing animals is abhorent and will NOT be tolerated.

David and Donna Erke

I think the owner needs to be starved and locked away for life!


As horrible as this story is, it does my heart good to read comments from fellow animal lovers and realize there are lots of good people out there who care very much. I'd like to see the laws change in each state so that animal cruelty is classified as a felony, not a misdemeanor. I'd also like to see the launch of a national animal abuser registry so that people with a history of animal cruelty are not allowed to own, breed or work in a job involving the welfare of animals.


I work with Drew every week and I nick name him "Don Draper" because he is such a charmer. He loves hugs and kisses, especially kisses just like his namesake. His next forever parents are going to be very lucky to have such a wonderful dog join their family. Lovely, lovely dog.


He better get at least 1 year ! I doubt he'll even have to pay 200 bucks and that just sickens me, throw his ass in jail for life and start sending a message that this will NOT be tolerated or crap like this will keep going on for years . Law makers get your head out of your asses and actually do something about this how about ?!




Oh and Im sooooooooooooooooo happy to see the pup is on the mend and on the right track, I adopted a dog that was all bones when I first got her and now shes as healthy as can be and starting to love life again and thats a pretty amazing feeling to undo and teach love again to a dog that has been abused like this ...