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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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Desiree Dow

I am soooo happy that Drew has gained so much weight and I hope/pray that he continues to do so. Not a day goes by where my heart isn't weary from all the abuse that happens to these poor innocent animals. I wish that the sentences would be more extensive though.
Good luck Drew. I'm routing from ya!

Lolo

As soon as I saw Drew's pictures and read his story I called my rescued pup over for a cuddle. Drew will be in our prayers.

Kyle

Absolutely disgusting. Such a shame that someone can do this to an animal and receive a slap on the wrist. It's highly unlikely this scumbag will receive anything more than a $50 fine. Without severe consequences, what is preventing sick people from continuing this cowardly act? It's so nice to see that the poor dog is recovering. This is one case where I wish the pitbull could've mauled its owner.

Kyle

It breaks my heart to see stories like this. Although I'm very happy that Drew is recovering, and has hopefully found his forever home, I just can't fathom how there are people in this world capable of such evil. To me, animals are the greatest gift to us humans. My wife and I rescued two shih tzus, and they're our entire lives. Our second shih tzu was rescued last year from a high kill shelter after his owner gave him up because he wasn't breeding. He came to us in terrible conditions (crooked teeth, matted hair, underweight, extremely timid, etc). It's been a year now, and he has come such a long way. He has gained 5 pounds, loves to cuddle, and eats like a horse! And most importantly, he is starting to see that all humans are not bad.

My wife and I went to our local SPCA this weekend to register to volunteer. We came across this one small dog that just got dropped off the previous day. Apparently, she was in such bad shape - according to the vet - that there wasn't much hope for her. I wasn't able to pet her, but it was obvious to see the pain and fear in her eyes. I broke down and had to leave. I just couldn't believe someone would neglect an animal to the point where the only solution is euthanasia. Anyways, I hope that poor dog is now resting in piece with her family and friends.

Here's to hoping that one day soon we'll see change in animal abuse and neglect and maybe those convicted will do some serious jail time.

Melinda

This kind of thing has got to be stopped now. Animals have feelings too!!!!!

Linda

I think that there should be a law that anytime an animal is abused that the low life who did the abusing should get definite jail time. No more slaps on the wrist, because once they leave the courtroom they just spit in the face of the Judge and find another animal to abuse. Just like child abusers. They go to court and told "Don't do it again" and the next you hear is that a certain Judge gave the abuser probation and they go and do it again. I think it is so ridulous!!!!!!! Let's stop pussyfooting around and make the laws stand for something instead of a stupid slap on the wrist. Do you hear them they are laughing at the Judge again!!!

Elaina

In my eyes whatever the person does to these dogs should be done to them. He starved this poor animal they should starve him.I have 4 pit bulls one of which was found she was starved and abused and I wish I could get my hands on who ever did it to her.It amazes me if you don't wanna take care of these animals don't get them in the first place

JMeyer

I think he should be incarcerated for as long as allowable and while he's there he should be put on a starvation diet of bread and water for about 3 or 4 months just like he did to his dog and see how he enjoys seeing his bones stick out and his skin peel off. People who have no compassion for animals in my opinion probably make poor parents and even worse human beings.

Ronnie

Thank God Drew got rescued and is recovering! He is not suffering anymore! I am sure Drew will find a good forever home and Mr. Walker will see that what he did was very wrong.

valerie

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR HELPING THIS BEAUTIFUL SOUL. I AM SO GLAD HE HAS RECEIVED THE CARE AND LOVE THUS FAR. MAY A BEAUTIFUL SOUL GIVE HIM A FOREVER HOME.

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