NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Law Enforcement Agents arrested a 55-year-old Queens resident for allegedly neglecting and starving her 3-year-old male Yorkshire terrier.

When Grimilda Amil brought Hershey in June to ASPCA‘s Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic on Metropolitan Avenue in Queens, staff became concerned about the condition of the dog.

hershey after Queens Resident Arrested For Alleged Dog Starvation And Neglect

Hershey at 10.1 pounds after treatment (credit: ASPCA)

ASPCA HLE agents responded and Amil relinquished ownership of Hershey to the ASPCA. The dog was transported by the agents to the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital for evaluation and treatment.

ASPCA veterinarians said they found Hershey emaciated, anemic, and with pressure sores. They determined that Hershey had been starved.

When first arriving, Hershey weighed 5.2 pounds, but when he received treatment by ASPCA staff, he nearly doubled in weight to 10.1 pounds. Hershey is recovering at the home of a foster family and will eventually be made available for adoption.

Amil was arrested by ASPCA Special Agent Joann Sandano. She was charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty.

If convicted, she faces up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. Amil is due in Queens Criminal Court on October 4.

To report animal cruelty in New York City, contact the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement department at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4450 or

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