The elderly owner of a four-month-old beagle dragged and beaten on a street in Bronx, New York was arrested on Tuesday. According to the rescue organization that stepped up when Animal Care Centers of New York City called for help, the adorable little pooch suffered “severe injuries.”
The Looking Glass Rescue, posted the beagle’s photo and shocking details as supplied by the shelter.
” We have this super cute and sad puppy that we are hoping to get out of here as soon as possible, possibly from trauma. The police officers who brought him said that someone called and said they witnessed the dog being beat and ties(sic) to a pole...”
The Daily News reported the arrest of Loro Gjonaj, 77, after a witness came forward describing how the suspect dragged the puppy named Cleo from the back of a pickup truck and threw her onto the street on September 17. Soon after, Cleo was found tied to a street pole. The puppy’s injuries included internal bleeding, eyes swollen shut as well as cuts and abrasions on her head, back and shoulders.
Police initially stated there was insufficient evidence to find the person who caused Cleo’s injuries, but animal advocates and supporters of the Looking Glass Animal Rescue openly criticized police for not doing their jobs. Gjonaj’s arrest came with hope for a tiny dog’s justice:
“We at Looking Glass Animal Rescue are thrilled that their(sic) will be justice for Cleo. With the support and persistence of our community, as well as the tireless effort of the NYPD Animal Cruelty Squad, we were able to give Cleo a voice; a voice that mobilized a community to fight together to right a terrible wrong and unified a group of strangers who, regardless of their differences, became a family.
We have long called our volunteers “Pack Members” and today, I am proud to welcome all those that stood beside Cleo as new members to this prestigious group,” the organization posted on their Facebook page.
Cleo’s medical costs have exceeded $7,000. Anyone wishing to donate can visit the Looking Glass website.
Gjonaj faces animal torture and abandonment charges. He was given a desk appearance ticket and released.
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