2005-11-04 / Front Page

ASPCA Says Sick Puppy Starved His Dogs

A troubled Far Rockaway teenager was arrested and charged with animal cruelty Wednesday after an ASPCA officer discovered three starving and emaciated dogs in his Arverne home. A fourth dog died before it could be rescued.

ASPCA Officer Omar A. Negrillo said he found the desperate dogs – all pit bulls – in a “severely emaciated state,” according to court records. One dog’s skin was stretched drum-tight over its ribcage while another was so weak it suffered from shallow breathing. The third animal was also clinging to life and had protruding bones due to starvation.

The owner, Keidel Guy, 19, told the officer, “I haven’t fed them in a few days,” according to court records.

The animals were brought to Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in Manhattan where they were examined by Doctor Robert Reisman, who said they were extremely underweight and “had not been fed in many days.” The fourth dog, Reisman said, died because it had not been fed.

Guy, of 636 Beach 67 Street, is charged with overdriving, torturing and injuring animals, failure to provide sustenance (food) and aggravated cruelty to animals, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown’s office. Judge Lenore Gerald set bail at $15,000 and a return date of November 17, according to a spokesman.

Guy and two men in their early 20s were arrested last year in connection with an armed robbery on the A Train. The case against him was dismissed. Guy’s attorney, Matthew Thomas, was not immediately available for comment.

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