Bed-Stuy man Leedell Walker was arrested on charges of animal cruelty after ASPCA workers say he starved his 3-year-old pit bull so badly that the dog was eating garbage to survive, according to the New York Daily News.
The dog, named Drew, was just 37 pounds when Walker took him to ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in December, claiming that the dog refused to eat, according to the article.
The Daily News says that Walker, 57, is due in court on June 11, and faces a year in jail if convicted. Meanwhile, the article says that Drew’s weight is back up to a healthy 65 pounds and will be available for adoption shortly.
ASPCA spokesman Joseph Pentangelo told the Daily News that Walker is the fifth person in Brooklyn to be arrested for animal cruelty this year, and the 17th in the city.
Brooklynites are encouraged to report animal cruelty via the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement department at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4450.