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Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, [email protected]; NYC Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad, [email protected].

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PETITION TARGET: NYPD Animal Cruelty Investigations Squad, Queens Prosecuting Attorney

Emaciated, stuffed in cramped cages, and covered in filth – 11 terrified dogs and two cats were discovered living in horrific conditions in a squalid house in Queens, by the New York City Police Department (NYPD).

As police entered the decrepit house, they discovered floors covered in animal feces and the 13 neglected and abused animals – several of which police believe had been stolen from loving homes.

The man allegedly responsible for these heinous acts has been arrested on multiple charges, including animal abuse and torture. Police believe two additional at-large perpetrators were also involved.

“There was incessant barking but it sounded more like crying or yelping,” an anonymous neighbor who had called 311, a citizens’ hotline, told the New York Post. “We only ever saw three dogs but they looked completely emaciated. He tied them up on the porch outside the front door one day.”

A German Shepherd that had been reported stolen around six weeks prior, found with ribs protruding beneath his skin, was reunited with his guardian. The police are still searching for the other animals’ families.

The unclaimed animals have been taken in by a rescue organization where they are being provided much-needed care until they are reclaimed by their guardians or adopted.

No animal should ever be subjected to such nightmarish living conditions.

Sign our petition urging police to fully investigate this case and calling on prosecutors to treat this case with the severity it deserves — including a lifelong ban on having animals for the individual(s) responsible.

The NYPD has asked anyone with information about the animals to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.