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ASPCA Arrests Owner of Dog with Severe Neck Wound

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 12:45pm

In late October, New York City corrections officer Justin Burton, 35, brought one-year-old Pit mix Tori to NYC Animal Care & Control. Staff immediately noticed that Tori’s collar was deeply embedded in his neck, leaving an excruciating wound. They called ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement right away.

Agents took Tori to the ASPCA Animal Hospital for evaluation and treatment. Our veterinarians found Tori to be in severe pain from the wound, which was estimated to be three weeks old and caused by an embedded collar. Tori was treated with pain medication and antibiotics, and he is continuing to recover at the hospital.

As for Burton, Agents arrested him on January 5. If convicted, he faces up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

Watch this blog for updates on Tori. He’s getting better every day, and when he’s fully recovered, he’ll be available for adoption!

Tori came to the ASPCA just over a month after Briana, another dog who suffered a painful wound caused by an embedded collar. Briana is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center.

If you suspect you’ve witnessed animal cruelty, please don’t wait—report it. It saves lives.

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Thank goodness that is hardly a harsh enough punishment for animal cruelty, but its something. These poor animals have no voice to speak up with. I'm glad she is in good hands now :)


He needs a much harsher punishment than a measly year in jail and a fine he'll never pay!!!


Give Burton an embedded collar, see how he likes it. Maybe 1 year in jail, what a joke.


what a POS, sooooo glad Tori is in much better hands!!


Thank God this beautiful dog was rescued in time. The owner should get no plea deals, but should be fined, pay the medical expences and adoption fees, and get 3 years in prison wearing a tight collor around his neck in sloitary confinement


$1000 serious thats insulting to the careing people who foot the bill to save this poor dog. He should get a hefty dose of vet bills and clean dog cages

Brooklyn Paws

SO the guy that is guilty is a correction officer? THis in itself is disturbing considering what his responsibilities are and what he is capable of. SIck. I"m glad he got arrested.

not enough

What kind of punishment is that? He will never see jail time just the $1000 dollar fine. What a joke if he did that to a baby it be more serious what's the difference? Still glad he was atleast charged.


Again a careless sub-human being causes ain to an animal and gets a slap on the wrist. Thank God I am N OT a judge because this sub-human being would be forced to wear a choke collar for a very long time just so he/she can feel the pain that this poor an imal experienced. Then I'd throw him in jail for no less then 5 years and fine him alot more then$1,000. The government needs to pass strictor punishments towards animal abusers. A slap on the wrist is a joke and an insult to the lives of these animals that suffer and sometimes die at the hands of these sub-human beings. Get it straight folks animals are living breathing beings just like humans they have emotions and feelings and people need to learn how to care for and respect animals as living beings.

Patricia Marden

There isn't enough punishment for this type of cruelty. We need harsher laws. If it's hitting them in their wallet or putting them in jail for an extended period of time, than so be it. They should have to wear a sign around town saying what they did. Then justice will be served.