Queens resident Davanand Raghunath, 28, was convicted of misdemeanor animal cruelty and sentenced yesterday to three years of probation for starving and neglecting his cat, Leo. Raghunath was also barred from owning an animal for three years.
In August 2010, Agents from the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement department discovered the seven-year-old cat living in the basement of a store in Ozone Park. He was starved, dehydrated, infested with fleas and close to death. Agents quickly rushed him to ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital for treatment.
“Although we would have supported a stiffer sentence, we are at least gratified to know that Raghunath now has a criminal record,” says Stacy Wolf, Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel of the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement department. “We can only hope this experience was sufficiently sobering for Mr. Raghunath, and that he will not victimize other helpless animals.”
As for Leo, after three months of intensive care, he made a full recovery and was adopted by a loving family from New Jersey.
To learn how you can report animal cruelty, visit Fight Cruelty.