On Friday, March 16, ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Agents arrested a Queens man in the deadly beating of a cat. Richard Ferrugio, 49, is suspected of using a tire iron to bludgeon a black-and-white cat to death on the sidewalk in front of several witnesses—including children—then driving away from the scene.
The ASPCA investigated a call about the beating on March 8 and, after a thorough investigation, identified Ferrugio as the suspect. Ferrugio has been charged with one count of felony animal cruelty and one count of criminal possession of a weapon. If convicted, Ferrugio could face up to two years in prison on the animal cruelty count.
This alleged animal abuser is now facing the consequences thanks to a citizen who took action. If you suspect an animal may be the victim of neglect or abuse, don’t wait—report it!
Make room in your heart for animals by making room in your home. Start your spring cleaning early by donating goods that you no longer need or want to the ASPCA’s WebThriftStore.
The ASPCA is one of the signature charities participating in WebThriftStore, an online marketplace where users can buy and sell books, clothing, furniture and electronics to benefit the ASPCA. When a user selects the ASPCA as their charity of choice, 80 percent of the sale price of each donated item goes to the ASPCA. Donors may receive tax deductions, and buyers can shop for bargains while contributing to a worthy cause.
The reality is startling. Young puppies bred for fighting are often forced into lives of abuse and neglect. Tethered to short, heavy chains, they often receive inadequate care, little socialization and can go for days without food or clean water. And when they are old enough to fight, many die of blood loss, shock and exhaustion. Others are simply killed. From the very beginning, these dogs are fighting for their lives.
With your support, our team works hard to put an end to dog fighting. Our elite Blood Sports Unit provides critical training to animal control officers, police officers and veterinarians across the country. They also lead criminal investigations, providing expertise in carrying out large-scale rescues and raids. With your help, the ASPCA can remain a leader in the battle against dog fighting—working to rescue animal victims and prosecute offenders.
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we asked you to enter our Cutest Couple Photo Contest. The results were amazing! Lots of pics came in that totally reminded us of why we love our pets so much. After narrowing down thousands of submissions to our top 36, we asked YOU to vote for your favorite.
ASPCA responders, including one pictured here in Joplin in 2011, provide relief to animals across the country.
The ASPCA is on the ground in Morgan County, Kentucky, expanding our response to the string of deadly tornadoes that ravaged parts of the Midwest and South last week.
Morgan County was battered by an EF-3 tornado on Friday, March 2, leaving in its wake at least six deaths, numerous injuries and massive damage to property. In the following days, Morgan County reached out to the ASPCA for help caring for animals affected by the tornado.
Bringing along a generator, cages, crates, food and more, the ASPCA arrived Sunday to meet with local veterinarians who had formed a response team, helping them establish a plan of action.
The ASPCA is also deployed to Branson, Missouri, to assist in the aftermath of the tornado that devastated that state on February 29.