On January 17, New York resident Angelica Rios was arrested by the ASPCA on charges of neglect and abuse. The 23-year-old is accused of starving her Pit Bull, Nena, and keeping her locked in a small, filthy cage.
“Nena weighed just 39.4 pounds, she was dehydrated and her paws were swollen from living in her own waste," says Howard Lawrence, Senior Director of Operations for the ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement department. “She was in septic shock and, without medical attention, would likely have died.”
Nena was rushed to the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital, where she continues to recover. Her weight has already increased to more than 50 pounds.
"Unfortunately, we see far too many Pit Bulls being abused and neglected by their owners," says Stacy Wolf, Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel of the ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement department. "Our goal is twofold—holding perpetrators accountable for their cruel and callous acts and, when we can, giving the animal victims a second chance at a better life in a new home."
Rios is slated to appear in Stapleton Criminal Court today.
Happy Valentine’s Day, animal lovers! Are you celebrating with a little something sweet? Chocolates and candy hearts are nice, but we’ve got something even sweeter at the ASPCA Adoption Center: Jin and Lanai, a pair of the prettiest and friendliest kitties we’ve ever met.
In fact, five-pound lap-cat Jin is such a doll that we think she might make a great animal-assisted therapy cat! And Lanai is just as lovely; where Jin is snuggly, Lanai is hilarious and sporty.
We thought Valentine’s Day would be the best time to introduce you to these cuties, since they’re all about love! Not just affectionate with every person they meet, Jin and Lanai love each other, too, and want to go home together.
Jin needs special food and medicine for her allergies, but trust us, she’s beyond worth the little extra effort to keep her healthy. We’re head-over-heels in lovewith these stunning girls. If you think you might be too, please call our Animal Placement department in New York City at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4900.
Can’t adopt? Help these cuties find true love! Please share them on Facebook and Twitter.
Ready for a little romance? As you make your Valentine’s Day plans, consider giving your pet the sweet gift of safety. ASPCA experts want you to know that Valentine's Day is one of the most poisonous days of the year for pets.
Watch those candles. We all know a little ambiance goes a long way, and a candlelit dinner is about as romantic as you can get—but please don’t leave the room while flames are still burning. Many pets are attracted to the light and could get seriously singed.
Mind the chocolate. While nothing says “I love you” like a box of chocolates, let’s not forget cocoa is potentially life-threatening to our pets. Make sure you don’t share that box of candy (with your pet at least). And more importantly, don’t leave it on a low shelf or table where Fido can find it!
Flowers can be fatal. Before sending your honey a gift that blooms, remember certain flowers including lilies, daisies and baby’s breath are potentially fatal to cats and dogs. Check out our Safe Flower Guide for a list of safe alternatives.
Share the love! Check out the ASPCA Online Store for a great selection of Valentine’s Day gifts that are sure to please both pets and humans!
It has often been said that love comes in all shapes and sizes, and we couldn’t agree more. This Valentine’s Day, we invite you to make a difference for shelter pets in need. It’s easy! Simply share a virtual Valentine’s Day card promoting pet adoption. Here’s how:
Love is in the air—and it's time to plan that special date! Here are our top picks for animal-friendly outings that are sure to get those sparks flying.
Skip the circus and head to a movie! Unlike animals under the Big Top, movie actors aren't forced to do anything cruel or unnatural. Besides, there's nothing more romantic than holding hands and stealing a few kisses under the Big Screen. (Word of warning: skip the popcorn; kernels get caught in your teeth.)
Forgo the horse-drawn carriage and opt for sledding. Instead of making an overworked horse carry you through congested streets, find a big hill and go sledding. After all, what could be more fun than holding on tight to your sweetheart at top speeds? Don't forget the hot cocoa!
Instead of window shopping for puppies, volunteer at your local shelter. Many couples find picking out a new puppy together romantic. But before you take your date window shopping, remember that most puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills. Why not head to a shelter instead? You're sure to get warm fuzzies spending the day volunteering with your date—and you might not leave empty-handed.