ASPCA Announces Arrest of Bronx Man for Animal Cruelty

Dog’s Right Hind Leg Completely Severed During Botched Amputation
March 12, 2008

NEW YORK, March 12, 2008—Humane Law Enforcement agents of the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) arrested Bronx resident Jose Semprit on March 6 for misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Mr. Semprit, 61, was arrested by ASPCA Special Agent Kristi Adams after a concerned neighbor brought Semprit’s 10-month-old pit bull puppy to New York City Animal Care & Control. The puppy’s right hind leg had been severed, and resulting injuries had gone untreated.

The dog, renamed Georgie, was later taken to the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital, where veterinarians treated the wounds. Georgie is currently recuperating in a foster home.

Mr. Semprit is charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty and faces up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.