Dozens of neglected Shih Tzus were rescued from a sweltering Manhattan apartment on Monday after neighbors called authorities complaining about rancid odors and dogs barking for hours.
According to the New York Daily News, 33 dogs were discovered in the East Village apartment covered in feces and malnourished. Ivan Paredes, 57, has been charged with animal neglect for torturing and neglecting his pets. Paredes inherited some of the dogs after his mother died, but never had the dogs spayed or neutered.
Neighbors had been calling police for years complaining about the stench and barking. One neighbor, Yvonne McWilliams told authorities Paredes had been extremely upset when his mother died and let the dogs urinate and defecate on the floor of his apartment. She stated Paredes referred to the dogs as “his children.”
All 33 Shih Tzus are now under the care of the ASPCA.
“This situation is a reminder that every New Yorker can make a difference for animals by reporting suspected cruelty to the police,” Vice President of ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Howard Lawrence said. “Thanks to the quick response of the NYPD, these dogs are now safe and have a second chance to find a loving home in the future.”
(Photo by ASPCA and Facebook)
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