Spike the bulldog, beaten by his owner Maria Aguilar with a shovel, continues his recovery at the ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in Manhattan. Almost 100 people have emailed and called looking to adopt the 11-month-old pup, and a number of people have submitted requests to formally adopt Spike when he is ready to be adopted.

That’s good news.  But the bad news is that this Maria Aguilar could just walk away with a fine and a slap on the wrist and that cannot happen.  What we have here is an urgent plea for action from the FTLTD resident “bulldog”, Peggy Julian.

No one writes it up better than Peggy.

Dear Readers:

This is an urgent plea to please email the Queen’s County DA office regarding this case. If you have not sent an email as yet, please do so. If you have sent an email please send a second one. Acknowledge that you are writing again as you are greatly concerned that the accused, Maria Aguilar, will not be prosecuted as aggressively as should be and that the court may, once again, fail to deliver full justice. In addition, please post and urge everyone you know to do the same.

This is not an isolated incident. Included in the 12 vet visits in the past seven months Spike has sustained a hip fracture, a broken leg, three broken teeth and injuries to his ears, according to the vets at the ASPCA. This for a puppy who is only eleven months old. We are talking about a serious, serial abuser here not someone who “just snapped” and certainly not someone whose husband claims “never hurt Spike”, that he was just “sickly”.

Below is a copy of the response being sent from the DA’s office in regarding emails sent to that office asking for full prosecution and stiff sentencing. Of great concern is the statement regarding NY law related to the maximum sentence. The charge, though a felony, is only one of aggravated cruelty with a maximum sentence of a mere two years.  This lays the ground work for wrist sentence penalties.  The court may view it as the dog did not die, and Aguilar has the support and cover up lies of her husband and son, who think it is okay…because it was “just a dog”. The second item copied is the NY law regarding aggravated cruelty and the penalties. I had to look them up myself, as I was so shocked to read Mr. Ryan’s statement that the maximum penalty was only two years. The contact information is included in the signature area of Ryan’s e-mail. This is not just about this little puppy Spike, but all animal cruelty cases, including Wondra of the plastic spoon dog killing case. It is time to draw the line.

COPY OF DA OFFICE EMAIL:

Dear ….

District Attorney Brown’s office has always taken a strong stand against animal cruelty and is committed to aggressively enforcing those laws to protect animals from harm.

Please be advised by this e-mail that I am forwarding your letter to the assistant district attorney who is prosecuting the case. Also, to clarify the charges against Ms. Aguilar, the top count is AG MAR 26-353(a), Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, which is punishable by up to two years in prison.

Thank you for taking the time to write to the Queens District Attorney’s Office.

Kevin R. Ryan
Director of Communications
Queens County District Attorney’s Office
KRRyan@queensda.org
718-286-6315

COPY OF NY Animal Cruelty Law:

Citation: NY McKinney’s Agriculture and Markets Law § 331 – 379; McKinney’s Penal Law § 130.20

Summary: These New York statutes comprise the state’s anti-cruelty provisions. “Animal,” as used in this article, includes every living creature except a human being. A person who overdrives, overloads, tortures or cruelly beats or unjustifiably injures, maims, mutilates or kills any animal, or deprives any animal of necessary sustenance, food or drink, is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment for not more than one year, or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars, or by both. Exclusions include properly conducted scientific tests, experiments or investigations, involving the use of living animals approved by the state commissioner of health. A person is guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals when, with no justifiable purpose, he or she intentionally kills or intentionally causes serious physical injury to a companion animal with aggravated cruelty. For purposes of this section, “aggravated cruelty” shall mean conduct which: (i) is intended to cause extreme physical pain; or (ii) is done or carried out in an especially depraved or sadistic manner. Aggravated cruelty to animals is a felony which may not exceed two years. Other prohibitions include animal fighting, leaving a dog outside without appropriate shelter, selling dyed baby chicks, abandoning animals, the giving away of live animals as prizes, cruel conveyance of animals, poisoning, dog ear cropping when not performed by a veterinarian, horse tail docking, and the sale of dog or cat pelts. The section also provides seizure and procedural laws related to cruelty violations and proper euthanasia methods.
District Attorney Brown’s office has always taken a strong stand against animal cruelty and is committed to aggressively enforcing those laws to protect animals from harm.

Please be advised by this e-mail that I am forwarding your letter to the assistant district attorney who is prosecuting the case. Also, to clarify the charges against Ms. Aguilar, the top count is AG MAR 26-353(a), Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, which is punishable by up to two years in prison.

Thank you for taking the time to write to the Queens District Attorney’s Office.

Kevin R. Ryan
Director of Communications
Queens County District Attorney’s Office
718-286-6315

There you have it.  We need to write, email, write, email, and write and email again and again.  Do not let this case slip through the cracks.  This dog suffered horrendous abuse at the hands of Aguilar.   Just like Peggy said, it’s time to draw the line.

And trust me; do not mess with the Bulldog!

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