Sunday, March 7, 2010
Jackson Heights woman beat dog with shovel
From the Daily News:
A heartless Queens woman was arrested for crippling her 11-month-old English bulldog after witnesses caught her on video beating the pooch with a shovel, officials said.
Maria Aguilar, 36, was arrested by the ASPCA and charged with animal cruelty.
The young bulldog, named Spike, had been abused repeatedly over the past few months.
During his short life, Spike has sustained a hip fracture, a broken leg, three broken teeth and injuries to his ears, according to ASPCA Assistant Director Joseph Pentangelo.
The pup, which is being treated at the ASPCA hospital, is also virtually blind in his right eye.
ASPCA investigators were called to Aguilar's house on Feb. 24 after witnesses reported hearing a dog crying.
One of the witnesses used a camera phone to tape the abuse, also capturing Spike's howls of pain. Aguilar is seen throwing Spike to the ground and then slamming him with a snow shovel.