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ASPCA: Chihuahua dies after beating

The ASPCA has made its first felony arrest of the year — a 265-pound Queens man accused of punching his 8-pound Chihuahua, the New York Post reported.

ASPCA officials say Jerry Melendez, 33, struck his dog, Spotty, hard enough to fracture his skull and cause a hemmorhage to his left eye.

Melendez took the dog to a veterinary clinic, but, being unemployed, was unable to pay for the medical care vets said would be necessary to save him. So Spotty, 5, was euthanized.

Veterinarians notified the ASPCA about the case, and a necropsy determined Spotty died of blunt-force impact.

“It appears he was just frustrated and became angry at his family dog,” ASPCA Assistant Director Joe Pentangelo said of Melendez, who recently lost his job at a pharmacy.

Melendez’ wife, Lillian Vargas, said her husband only yelled at the dog after discovering the couch had been soiled. The dog, she said, jumped off the couch and ran into the leg of the dining-room table. Authorities didn’t buy that account.

Melendez was charged with animal cruelty and faces a maximum two-year sentence and a fine.


Comment from Jim
Time February 21, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Sad.. just sad.

Comment from Paula jean Meyer
Time February 21, 2011 at 5:23 pm

This is a sad story…
But Oh so True

Mans best friend
gets Whooped
by Mans worst Nature..

have a peaceful day
Paula jean

Comment from Franklink
Time February 24, 2011 at 7:47 pm

PENTANGELO not Pentangelo (see above story) of the ASPCA. If you are going to plagiarize, at lest do it right. Good arrest though.

Comment from Franklink
Time February 24, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Not Pentnangel, Pentangelo

Comment from Whitney Nurell
Time February 26, 2011 at 8:59 am

It’s heart-breaking that someone would take their anger and frustration out on a dog. I am sooo glad he was arrested and charged w/ Animal Cruelty. It was unbelievable! It makes me sooo mad. But
the jerk got what he deserved.

Comment from Whitney Nurell
Time February 27, 2011 at 9:44 am

Ir’s outraging and infuriates me that someone would do such a terrible thing over a job! I watch Animal Cops every day and I’m sooo glad he got arrested and got what he deserved. The important thing is that the dog isn’t suffering anymore.

Comment from Katie
Time June 3, 2011 at 2:24 am

Disgusting. Man’s best friend deserves better.