ASPCA Arrests Staten Island Woman for Starving Dog
Female pit bull suffered from neglect, starvation
ASPCA Media Contact
NEW YORK—Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) agents of the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) arrested Staten Island resident Laquanda Carter on December 11, for starving her one-year-old female pit bull named Hennessy.
Photo of Hennessy when she was admitted to ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital on October 7.
On October 7, ASPCA Special Investigator Paul Romano responded to a complaint of an emaciated dog tied on a short leash in the backyard of the suspect’s residence. The dog appeared weak and was immediately taken to the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital for treatment. Upon examination, ASPCA veterinarians determined that the dog’s skeletal appearance was a result of starvation.
The dog is currently recovering at Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital and has gained 92 percent of her body weight since being admitted to the hospital. Hennessy will be available for adoption once treatment is completed.
Carter, 27, was charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty and faces up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine if convicted.
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.