STATEN ISLAND, NY — Officials from the New York City Office of the Sheriff and the ASPCA raided Tompkinsville Friday to rescue more than two dozen dogs held in a fenced area as part of an investigation into alleged animal cruelty.
With sirens blaring and a search warrant in hand, a sheriff’s deputy used a lock to cut open a lock to get behind a gate at 100 block of Van Duzer Street where two dozen Husky dogs were trapped.
When officers arrived on the scene, they found a dead puppy and a badly injured dog which were then taken to an emergency hospital, sheriff’s officials said.
A total of 24 dogs, 16 adults and eight puppies, including the deceased, were recovered from the property, authorities said.
The plot occupying the block was hidden by a barbed wire fence.
In a statement, Chief Derek Skuzenski of the Brooklyn and Staten Island Sheriff’s Office explained how they discovered the dogs.
“We received a complaint yesterday from 20-30 Huskies in this area that were malnourished, abused and neglected, so we came in and we investigated and took our findings to the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office. The Richmond County District Attorney’s Office helped us file a petition with the Criminal Court for a search warrant under the Agriculture Act and we printed that search warrant. So we’re conducting that search now and part of the order is for ASPCA to come with us… to take custody of all the dogs so they get the proper care and medical treatment they need,” Skuzenski said.
When entering the fenced area, there was a husky tied to the fence. The dogs brightened up when they saw the officers.
Husky Dogs Removed by NYC Sheriff’s Deputies and the ASPCA on Staten Island in Animal Abuse Investigation
True to the nature of man’s best friend, the agents who were there to rescue the animals were greeted warmly by dogs that jumped up at a pet and turned around for a belly massage.
Although temperatures rose above 85 degrees on Friday, a majority of the dogs were trapped in trailers covered in feces and urine. Beneath the trailers, a mother dog hid her puppies in the only shady area available. Unfortunately one of her puppies succumbed.
In a statement, Sheriff Anthony Miranda said: “Cruelty to animals is a very serious issue in this case. The Sheriff’s Department was happy to work with the District Attorney’s Office to take corrective action to save the animals and hold the individual accountable for the abuses that have been taking place there for quite some time.”
A man was arrested at the scene by the New York City Sheriff’s Office. It was not immediately clear whether a complaint would be filed.
When contacted about the situation, the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office said it cannot comment at this time.
You could see the dogs drinking from buckets filled with maggots and a kiddie pool filled with murky green water.
The ASPCA said in a statement: “At the urgent request of the New York City Sheriff’s Office and the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office, the ASPCA assisted in the removal of nearly 25 dogs and puppies, including a deceased puppy, from a Staten Island home. in connection with an ongoing animal cruelty investigation. The dogs were discovered in filthy conditions that were not properly ventilated and reeked of feces and urine. Some dogs showed signs of skin damage and all dogs had no access to fresh water. The animals have been transferred to the care of the ASPCA, where they will receive veterinary forensics, medical care, and behavioral treatment and enrichment.
It took more than three and a half hours to safely remove all the dogs from the property.
Forensic vets have examined the site and the dogs.