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 Sunday, more than one billion people will be celebrating Earth Day and taking a pledge to live green. But what does that mean for our pets? Actually…quite a bit. Many pet parents don’t realize just how much of an impact their companions make on our planet—but just think of all the cat litter! Throw the planet a bone and check out our top ways you can help lighten their carbon paw print.
Cutting Back is Going Green There are plenty of small ways to cut back on energy and materials. Cut down on paper products—clean up pet messes with rags or recycled paper towels.
The Power of Poop Scoop dog poop with biodegradable bags or those recycled from the grocery store. If you use kitty litter, opt for brands that are made of plant-based materials like wheat or from recycled newspapers or wood chips.
Spring Cleaning It’s time for spring cleaning, but before throwing your dusty treasures away, call your local shelter—they may need old towels, bedding, leashes and pet toys.
Save Lives and Trees Each year, members like you help us save those animals most in need, but did you know when you give online, you are also lowering your carbon footprint? Your online donation today will save lives and trees.
It’s been an exciting week at the ASPCA, since we just announced the 50 finalists of the 2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. These 50 groups, all animal welfare organizations, now move on to the next round of our competition. Every contestant is ultimately a winner because every group will be working to save more animals’ lives. Those competitors who have the biggest increases in lives saved over the same time period last year—as well as those that do the best job of engaging their communities—will be eligible to share in the more than $500,000 in prize grants we are awarding for their life-saving work.
Shelters in every region of the country are entered in the challenge, and they need your support. Wouldn’t it be nice if the shelter where you adopted your dog and cat won lots of money to save more pets like yours? Even if you won’t be able to adopt a dog or cat this year, you can help by promoting your favorite shelter through social media during the competition or by telling your friends to consider adopting their next pet from that shelter. I hope you all will pick a shelter to support. You can find out more at www.aspca.org/100K.
Good luck to all of the 2012 $100K Challenge contestants!
What would happen to my pet if something happened to me? That thought has crossed most pet parents’ minds, but most of us never have to learn the answer.
Tammy’s dad wasn’t so lucky.
Tammy was adopted from the ASPCA in 2007 when she was a kitten. Over the next three years, she grew very close to her dad, but their time together turned out to be too short. Tammy’s dad suddenly became gravely ill and unable to care for his beloved cat, and he had to return her to the ASPCA.
Tammy is safe and well-cared for at our Adoption Center, but shelter life just doesn’t suit her. She’s a girl who needs to be in a home, and today she marks her 630th consecutive day in our care.
Why do adopters pass Tammy by? Though she’s gorgeous, with bright eyes and one ear that’s missing a chunk, many people are put off by her age (five) and the prospect of buying her prescription food. (It costs about $35 a month, and Tammy needs it to keep her kidneys healthy.)
And though Tammy is very social, friendly and loving, she’s a bit shy at first. In fact, sometimes when adopters come to meet her, she hides her little face in her kitty bed. She just needs time to make a connection.
Though we’ve done everything in our power to make Tammy comfortable—including giving her a stay in office foster care—only one thing would really make her happy: being part of a loving family again.
Might you be the person who sees past Tammy’s initial shyness and notices the beautiful kitty soul that she is? If you live in a 10-and-up home that’s a bit on the quiet side, consider calling our Animal Placement department in New York City at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4900, about Tammy.
And please share her with your network. She’s been waiting so long!
Thanks to a generous grant from PetArmor®, every contribution you make to the ASPCA before May 31 is matched dollar for dollar, up to $50,000! Better yet, for the month of April, PetArmor® will match $2 for every one dollar.
As the exclusive flea and tick sponsor of the ASPCA, PetArmor® is used on dogs and cats at the ASPCA’s Adoption Center and Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York City. The ASPCA also uses PetArmor® to protect pets during its Field Investigations and Response work.
Right now, all donations made through this program will be shared with participating shelters across the country. So go ahead—double your donation, double your impact and help save twice as many animals nationwide!
Please consider a gift of $10, $20, $50 and rest assured that even the smallest sum will make a big difference for animals in need.
Act fast, this challenge is scheduled to run from now until May 31—or until $50,000 in matching donations has been reached.