A BHB Tipster points us to an item on the ASPCA website about a Brooklyn Heights woman arrested on August 11 for misdemeanor animal cruelty. Francesca Sullivan’s ex-boyfriend discovered their puggle ( pug/beagle mix; similar to the one in photo), Ditto, to be in an emaciated condition when he returned the apartment they had shared. Concerned about the dog’s health, he brought it to “a nearby animal hospital” for an examination. The ASPCA was called and began an investigation.
Ditto has been adopted and he’s almost doubled his weight.
“This is a pretty remarkable weight gain,” Dr. Robert Reisman, ASPCA Medical Coordinator of Animal Cruelty Cases tells ASPCA.org. “In the absence of any underlying medical problem that would contribute to the fluctuation, such significant growth in a short time period proved that Ditto had been starved in his previous home.”
Sullivan has relinquished ownership of Ditto. She faces up to a year in jail and a $2000 fine.