Puppy had Leg Amputated from Beating
BRONX- District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced that a Bronx man has been sentenced to a year in jail for abusing a puppy, including slamming her to the floor resulting in rendering one of her legs useless and causing it to be amputated.
Clark said, “The defendant’s abuse of an eight-month old defenseless puppy culminated in a leg injury leading to amputation of the limb. Such inhumane actions will not be tolerated and a jail sentence sends that message.”
Howard Lawrence, Vice President, ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement, said, “The ASPCA continues to be thankful for partners like the NYPD and Bronx District Attorney’s Office in the fight against animal cruelty in New York City.”
Clark said the defendant, Roberto Martinez, 25, was sentenced to a year in jail by Bronx Supreme Court Justice Robert Neary. Martinez pleaded guilty to Aggravated Cruelty to an Animal, a felony, on October 13, 2017. Upon his plea, he was remanded and began serving his sentence. As part of the plea agreement, he must register as an animal abuser in the state registry and is not permitted to own an animal for five years.
According to the investigation, on or about September 10, 2016, the defendant was observed via video surveillance lifting an approximately eight-month old, mixed breed dog then-named “Sassy” by her harness to defendant’s shoulder height. Defendant then slammed Sassy to the floor, causing Sassy to land on the backside of her body. Sassy attempted to run away from the defendant, however, her right-hind leg was unresponsive. Defendant then lifted Sassy by the neck area of her body and pushed her upwards on the staircase before entering an apartment. The defendant’s girlfriend, who owned the dog, brought her to the ASPCA, telling veterinarians the dog had fallen down stairs. Evidence of prior abuse including broken ribs was detected. The NYPD was notified and retrieved the video of the assault.
The dog’s right hind limb was amputated on September 16, 2016. She recovered, was adopted by a family and renamed Sally.