ASPCA Arrests Manhattan Man for Striking, Injuring 13-Pound Dog

Dog Suffers from Permanent Injuries Due to Physical Abuse
September 30, 2010

NEW YORK—Humane Law Enforcement agents of the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) arrested Manhattan resident Anthony Polanco yesterday for striking and injuring his 4-year-old male Yorkshire terrier dog.

On August 9, Polanco brought the dog to the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital for treatment because the dog was unable to walk.  He admitted to striking the dog while grooming him.  Upon examination, veterinarians determined that the dog had sustained blunt force trauma to its spinal cord. 

The dog, named Jack, is currently recovering at Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital and will be available for adoption once he has been treated.  Due to the extent of his injuries, Jack may never regain complete function of his right limbs.

Polanco, 27, was charged with one count of aggravated animal cruelty and he faces up to two years in prison if convicted.