ASPCA Announces Arrest of Brooklyn Woman for Neglecting and Starving 10-Month-Old Chihuahua

September 19, 2008

NEW YORK, September 19, 2008 - Humane Law Enforcement Special Agent Kristi Adams of the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) arrested Sonja Wilson of Brooklyn yesterday for neglecting her ten-month-old Chihuahua.

On August 5, Wilson relinquished her dog to New York City Animal Care & Control, who noticed he was extremely dehydrated, emaciated and lethargic and immediately contacted the ASPCA. The Chihuahua was taken to the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital for emergency treatment. Veterinarians determined the dog, who weighed under three pounds, was suffering from starvation and dehydration.

After treatment and proper feeding, the dog, who has been renamed Marley, is doing well and now weighs over four pounds. He will be available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center.

Wilson, of 395 Fountain Avenue, was charged with one count of animal cruelty and faces up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.