On February 8, Queens, NY, resident Desiree Powell was arrested by ASPCA Special Agent Bradley English for abusing a six-month-old Yorkshire Terrier, Chibi. The 27-year-old woman has been charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty.
The initial investigation began on November 9, when veterinary staff at the ASPCA Animal Hospital alerted Humane Law Enforcement Agents to an injured eight-pound Yorkie who arrived exhibiting signs of abuse. The puppy had been surrendered to Animal Care and Control of New York City and was later transferred to the ASPCA for urgent care.
Upon investigation, Special Agent English and ASPCA veterinary experts determined that Chibi had previously sustained three leg fractures, two broken ribs and a recent hemorrhage to his right eye.
“Chibi suffered from serious multiple injuries—and his body may never fully recover,” says Stacy Wolf, Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel for the Humane Law Enforcement. “But this small victim of abuse deserves a second chance at a better life and the comforts of a new forever home."
Chibi is currently recovering at the ASPCA Animal Hospital, where he will remain until he is well enough to be placed up for adoption.
Powell faces up to one year in jail and a $1000 fine if convicted.
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