Staten Island Man Arrested For Alleged Animal Abuse

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Officials arrested a Staten Island man on Saturday for allegedly starving and neglecting to seek medical attention for a 1-year-old female Chihuahua.

Humane Law Enforcement agents of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals arrested 36-year-old Tino Garuccio after an investigation revealed that Garuccio allowed the animal’s medical condition to deteriorate while watching the animal for its owner.

On Sept. 16, ASPCA Agent Ann Kelly responded to a complaint of a neglected dog with an untreated eye injury and took the dog to ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital, according to society officials.

As the animal was treated, the society launched an investigation into the incident. Investigators found that Garuccio was responsible for the dog from Aug. 5 to Sept. 16.

Garuccio failed to take care of the dog’s ulcerated right eye, according to the ASPCA. ASPCA veterinarians determined the dog was in pain, dehydrated and emaciated as a result of starvation.

Garuccio, a bus driver, was charged with two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and he faces up to one year in jail, if convicted.

  • Bill Johnson

    Tino, I can’t believe what I’m reading.

  • Angela Correa

    I’m the owner to the dogs! I thanks god for the ASPCA! They saved both of my dogs lives. Both dogs are healthy now and doing great!


  • DanTe

    Come to think of it, this is probably the only piece he’s ever gotten that doesn’t have a mustache like his mom.

  • DanTe

    The stupid grease ball’s picture:

  • Proud Agnostic

    This piece of subhuman garbage should be be thrown in jail for 10 years AND BE DENIED ACCESS TO MEDICAL CARE!

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