NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — The ASPCA accompanied police from the New York City Sheriff’s Office on Friday to rescue almost two dozen huskies from an abandoned lot where they were being abused on Staten Island.
When the team raided the Tompkinsville lot they found 16 adult dogs and eight puppies, including the one dead dog.
Police also arrested a man during the raid, though it’s unclear if charges were filed against him.
The dogs were being held in poor conditions in a fenced-in area on the 100 block of Van Duzer Street.
The dogs were concealed by tarp over a barbed wire fence around the lot.
The raid was part of an ongoing investigation into animal cruelty carried out by the Sheriff’s office.
In addition to the dead puppy, they found one severely injured dog that was then taken to an emergency animal hospital.
The Sheriff’s Office found out about the dogs from a tip.
“We received a complaint yesterday of 20 to 30 Huskies in this area that were malnourished and abused and neglected,” Chief Derek Skuzenski told SILive. “Part of the order is for ASPCA to come with us… to take custody of all the dogs so that way they get the proper care and medical treatment that they need.”
The dogs were severely abused, but they were friendly when greeting their rescuers.
A majority of the dogs were trapped inside trailers that were covered by feces and urine on the inside.
The dogs were drinking out of maggot-ridden water and cooling off in a fetid kiddy pool.
“Cruelty to animals in this case is a very serious issue,” said Sheriff Anthony Miranda. “The Sheriff’s Department was glad to be able to partner with the Office of the District Attorney to be able to take some corrective action to save the animals and to be able to hold the individual accountable for the abuses that have been going on there for quite some time.”