2006-12-01 / Community

Arverne Man Guilty Of Starving Four Dogs

By Brian Magoolaghan

Keidel Guy pleaded guilty last week to animal cruelty charges. Keidel Guy pleaded guilty last week to animal cruelty charges. An Arverne man pleaded guilty last week to animal cruelty charges and will be sentenced to more than a year in prison for starving and severely neglecting his four dogs - killing one of them.

Keidel Guy, 20, pleaded guilty November 20 to four counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. Guy, of 636 Beach 67 Street, was arrested last November after ASPCA investigators went to his home and found three severely emaciated pit bulls and another that died of starvation.

The skin of one of the surviving dogs was stretched drum-tight over its ribcage and another was so weak that it could barely breathe, according to court records. A third dog, which was barely clinging to life, had protruding bones due to starvation. A veterinarian at Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in Manhattan said the dogs were extremely underweight and hadn't been fed in "many days."

The ASPCA started investigating Guy after it received complaints about the animal's condition.

Guy "acknowledged that he was responsible for failing to provide adequate diet, medication and care to his four pit bull dogs," said Brown, who said Guy's cruel behavior "was outrageous, neglectful and had no justifiable purpose.

"Over the years New York State has enacted a number of laws prohibiting the abuse of animals," Brown said. "My office takes a strong stand against animal cruelty and is committed to aggressively enforcing those laws to protect animals from harm."

Queens Supreme Court Justice James P. Griffin indicated he would sentence Guy to 16 months in prison on December 18. Joseph Pentangelo, Assistant Director of the ASPCA's Humane Law Enforcement Department, said, "This significant sentence reflects the seriousness with which crimes against animals should be viewed.

The ASPCA is pleased with this decision."

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