ASPCA Announces Arrest of Manhattan Woman for Starving Dog

October 16, 2008

NEW YORK, October 16, 2008 - Humane Law Enforcement officers of the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) arrested Deborah Chauncey of Manhattan, on October 11, for neglecting her pit bull terrier.

On August 1, New York City Animal Care & Control alerted the ASPCA about an emaciated pit bull that had been brought in to AC&C. After a full investigation, the ASPCA determined the dog had suffered severe neglect at the hands of her owner. The dog was extremely malnourished and was also missing two toes on her hind leg. She was taken to the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital for treatment.

After proper feeding and treatment, the dog, who has been named Jackie, gained more than 54 percent of her body weight in just over two weeks.

Chauncey, 31, was charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty and faces up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.