2010-08-20 / Top Stories

Dog Starved To Death By Rockaway Man

By Miriam Rosenberg

In what might be considered one of the ultimate acts of cruelty against an animal, a Rockaway man was arrested earlier this month for failing to provide food to a female pit bull for a period of four to six weeks.

Adalberto Fuentes, of Beach 60 Street, was arrested after an ASCPA Special Agent found the dog, in the back of 67 Beach 60 Street, lying on her side and apparently not breathing. According to court reports, the ASCPA’s Deborah Ryan described the dog as “a white and brindle female pit bull” which showed no signs of life.

In the complaint against Fuentes, Ryan said she observed the dog “to be emaciated and that her hips, ribs and spine were protruding from her body.”

A necropsy, performed at an ASPCA hospital by a doctor of veterinary medicine, determined that the dog died of starvation, which took place over a period of four to six weeks, with exposure to extreme heat. The dog was 24 ½ pounds, half of her ideal weight, at the time of her death, according to the report.

Fuentes has admitted he is the dog’s owner. The defendant has been charged with overdriving, torturing and injuring animals; and failure to provide sustenance. He was arraigned on August 6 and his next court date is September 22.

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