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ASPCA Arrests Brooklyn Woman over Starved Chihuahua

Friday, April 5, 2013 - 2:45pm
ASPCA Arrests Brooklyn Woman over Starved Chihuahua

We’ve wanted to tell you about Vampiro for some time, and you won’t believe what he’s been through. In January, ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Agents responded to a call from NYC Animal Care & Control about a six-year-old Chihuahua who had been abandoned in a pet store.

The dog, Vampiro, was just skin and bones. At the ASPCA Animal Hospital, veterinarians found Vampiro to be emaciated, dehydrated and suffering from an untreated skin ailment, all caused by prolonged inadequate nutrition. He was also found to be blind. Our vets gave Vampiro IV fluids, medication, water and a balanced diet right away.

Meanwhile, AC&C told us that Vampiro had been adopted in 2006 by Brooklyn resident Venus Laventure, 50. On February 25, the ASPCA arrested Laventure. She 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 court on May 13.

After a few months at the ASPCA, Vampiro is doing much better. In fact, he’ll soon be made available for adoption—and his future family is in for a treat! Vampiro is a sweetheart who loves to give doggie kisses.

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Xeaya On

I hope she does time!!

grace

OMG !!! That is absolutely terrible. They need to make the owner starve for days and treat her the same way!!!

Suzy

Hope she gets the MAX sentence

Kelly

Thanks for saving him and arresting another idiot.

TRIX

OMG and I'm crying because I can't take my chihuahuas with me to Canada :(
the appartments wont take pets and I have to leave them behind on my mom's watch :(

Bridget

If you take care an animal then why have one. I hope she serves time and many more. JERK!!

Michelle

1 year/$1000.00 fine is not enough for this kind of torture. Laws need to change at a federal level!

Olivia Garcia

SHE SHOULD BE CHARGED WITH A FELONY FOR ANIMAL ABUSE AND NEVER GET TO HAVE A FUR BABY EVER AGAIN.

Cary Palsgrove

She was charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty. ARE YOU KIDDING ME HOW COULD THIS BE A MISDMEANOR? no wonder people don't care she prob only got a slap on the hand.

Erika

This is terrible that Vampiro went through what he went through. However, I am glad that he is healing and made a full recovery! As for Laventure, she needs to have a more enduring conviction!!!

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