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ASPCA Rescues Starving Pit Bull Chained to Tree

Monday, June 18, 2012 - 12:15pm

One-year-old Pit Bull Zelliewas just skin and bones when ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) Agents found her with no food or water. The neglected pup was shackled to a tree with a padlock attached to a short, heavy chain—and there was no escape for her. Not until we arrived.

Our Agents quickly rescued Zellie and transported her to the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in Manhattan for treatment. Weighing just 32 pounds, veterinarians determined that she was both starved and dehydrated.

This Saturday, Shakisha Codling, 31, was arrested by ASPCA Special Investigator Mark MacDonaldand 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 Queens Criminal Court on July 31.

As for Zellie? After receiving treatment by ASPCA staff, she now weighs 48 pounds—a 51 percent increase!  She is currently receiving lots of love and attention at the hospital and will eventually be made available for adoption.

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Terri Canavan

why doesn't punishment fit the crime? is it because they are only animals? that's such a lousy thing to say....they have feelings, she is such a beautiful little girl. Please give animal abusers punishments that hurt....

shannon higginbotham

I 100% agree with you Terri Canavan!!!

Elizabeth Philipone

I agree with you 100% - the punishment should fit the crime! A 1,000 dollar fine &/or a year in prison seems way too lenient!


Hey guys in the US, I am writing from a European (EU) country, here prison for these criminals has been in the law only for couple years but NONE has been actually sentenced for jail....though there have been many who deserve grateful for your law, even when you think it is not strict enough!!!


Glad to hear that these animals will finally have some justice...although even if she gets the max it's way to light.

People that neglect their pets should be removed from society for at least 3 years and never be allowed to own another one.

Judi Cornfield

This witch should be charged with a felony Not a misdemeanor, at least a full year in jail AND a big fine. Damn it, start punishing these animal abusers!!!!!


She should be charged with a felony , but I bet the judge gives her community service . I am fed up with these lousy laws we have concerning animal abuse.
Why can't we all start something with each state ? In mass!


I agree, if every animal lover got together and fought to pass laws such as animals are not property and living breathing loving creatures that are part of or can be part of a family i would hope thinfs would change. Whats sad is that anyone can have a baby but that doesnt mean they are a good parent, the biggest reason people neglect and abuse animals is probably because they were never taught love and compassion, i cant imagine how these people treat their children. I understand the united states is a free country but if people were required bring their dogs to obedience classes or something i dont know, loving animals doesnt necessarly mean you can be a good dog owner, it requires love patience financial stability responsibility and a long term commitment, because the owner is responsible for their dogs life. If some one spends 1000 dollars on a "designer" dog bought online thats really from a puppy mill and cant afford their puppy shot series, getting them fixed, or if they have kennel cough then they shouldent have a dog, in my opinion. Not to mention adopting a dog is much better! Education is key!

Pat Houle

First of all, the person/persons who abuse animals should be charged with a FELONY not a MISDEMEANER! One year in jail and a $1,000 fine! This is why they always repeat the offence at the poor animals expense. How many die unnoticed or unreported. Everyone I talk to who loves animals should be a FELONY conviction with more PRISON time and a much bigger fine. Maybe that would end it.


I agree. Too bad this wasn't Massachusetts - this a**hole would've been charged with a felony!