APSCA Humane Law Enforcement Agents are investigating the deaths of several dogs that became violently ill in July after visiting Riverside Park in upper Manhattan. The animals’ guardians suspect the dogs were victims of intentional poisoning.
We are working to determine the cause of these dogs’ tragic endings. If you have any information related to this case, please contact the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement department at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4450.
Please stay tuned to ASPCA.org for more information about this developing case.
Hershey, before receiving treatment at the ASPCA Animal Hospital
Today the ASPCA arrested Queens resident Grimilda Amil for allegedly neglecting and starving her three-year-old male Yorkshire terrier, who has been recovering under our care for nearly two months.
Amil brought her Yorkie, Hershey, to an ASPCA Mobile/Spay Neuter Clinic on June 27. Alarmed at Hershey’s condition, Clinic staff called our Humane Law Enforcement Agents, who quickly responded.
Amil relinquished ownership of Hershey to the ASPCA, and Agents transported the tiny dog to the ASPCA Animal Hospital.
There, veterinarians determined Hershey— whom they found to be emaciated, anemic and suffering from pressure sores—had been starved. At that time, Hershey weighed just 5.2 pounds. Today he weighs in at 10.1 pounds, a 94% increase!
Hershey is completing his recovery in a caring ASPCA foster home. When he’s ready, he’ll be made available for adoption.
Amil, 55, was charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty. If convicted, she faces up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. She is due in Queens Criminal Court on October 4.
If you suspect you’ve witnessed animal cruelty, please don’t hesitate to report it.
How can anyone just abandon a dog? We may never fully understand the motives behind such senseless acts—especially when there are so many options—but that is exactly what Patricia Reddick allegedly did to her one-year-old Spaniel mix, Marley.
On June 23, a passerby came across Marley tied to a fence in a park. The concerned person called Animal Care & Control, whose officers picked up the dog and took her to their Manhattan facility. Shortly thereafter, our team was notified and we transferred the skinny and dehydrated pup to the ASPCA Animal Hospital for immediate treatment.
“Marley was left to fend for herself, which, in addition to being illegal, is a violation of the trust your pet puts in you,” says Howard Lawrence, Senior Director of Operations for the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement department. “Thankfully for Marley, a Good Samaritan saw her and contacted the appropriate authorities— she will now have an opportunity to find a loving home.”
Reddick was charged with one count of abandoning an animal, a misdemeanor offense. If convicted, she faces up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. She is due in Bronx Criminal Court on November 20. Marley is recovering at the hospital and will soon be made available for adoption.
Cagney and Lacy before receiving treatment at the ASPCA Animal Hospital
Who could starve two puppies? Apparently, Gillian Irving could. On April 20, ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) Agent Ann Kelly arrested the 27-year-old Bronx woman for allegedly neglecting and starving her two seven-month-old Pit Bulls, Cagney and Lacey.
It was last February when HLE Agents first responded to a complaint that two skinny dogs were living inside Irving’s Bronx apartment. Upon arrival, Agents seized the two emaciated dogs and transported them to the ASPCA Animal Hospital for life-saving treatment. ASPCA veterinarians determined Cagney and Lacey had been starved—weighing only 16.4 and 15.2 pounds.
After receiving treatment, Cagney now weighs 27.1 pounds and Lacey weighs 26.9 pounds—a 65 and 77 percent increase, respectively. Both dogs are continuing their recovering at the hospital and will eventually be made available for adoption.
As a result of her actions, Irving was charged with two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. If convicted, she faces up to two years in jail and/or a $2,000 fine. Irving is due in Bronx Criminal Court on August 22.
Take Action! We need you on our side! If you suspect an animal may be the victim of neglect or abuse, please report it. Visit our Report Cruelty FAQ to learn how to report cruelty in your neighborhood. And consider becoming an ASPCA Guardian—together we can fight animal cruelty across the country.
This past weekend, ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Agents arrested three suspects in two separate animal cruelty incidents. On February 12, Bronx resident Eugene Elvin, 32, was arrested by ASPCA Special Agent Pete Rivas for allegedly neglecting and starving a two-year-old female Pit Bull. The initial investigation began on December 17, when Agents responded to a report of an emaciated pit bull at the suspect’s residence.
“The dog was extremely emaciated, and her water bowl had completely frozen over due to the freezing temperatures,” says Stacy Wolf, Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel for Humane Law Enforcement.
Elvin agreed to sign the dog over to the ASPCA, and she was immediately transported to the ASPCA Animal Hospital for evaluation and treatment. Upon examination, veterinarians determined that the dog weighed a mere 29.8 pounds—the result of being starved.
Elvin has been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty. If convicted, he faces up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Deuce’s intake photo, he is currently on the road to recovery at the ASPCA Animal Hospital.
Diamond’s intake photo, she is currently recuperating at the ASPCA Animal Hospital.
In a separate incident, Queens siblings Leroy and Nikira Shepard were arrested on February 11 for allegedly neglecting and starving their two Pit Bulls. Both dogs, a nine-month-old, Deuce and two-year-old Diamond, appeared emaciated to ASPCA Special Agent Deborah Ryan, who began the initial investigation after a complaint was filed. Upon further investigation, it was determined that both dogs had been starved.
Leroy Shepard, 18, and Nikira Shepard, 20, were each charged with two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. If convicted, they each face up to two years in jail and a $2,000 fine.
"All three of these dogs suffered from extreme neglect and could have easily died if we did not receive tips from concerned citizens," says Wolf. “We are happy to report that they are all on the road to recovery at the ASPCA.”
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