In October, a man claiming he found the dog lying in the park brought a boxer puppy named Brewster into a Queens Animal Care and Control shelter. The dog appeared to be suffering from malnourishment and neglect. It was later discovered the man who brought the emaciated dog into the shelter was actually the owner.
On Tuesday, the Queens District Attorney’s Office announced that Anthony Estevez, 25, admitted to animal cruelty months after turning the dog into the shelter. It was determined the dog’s owner failed to properly feed and care for the dog. When Brewster was brought to the shelter, he weighed only 25 pounds. A healthy puppy his age should weigh 60 pounds.
“A dog may be man’s best friend but in this case the defendant proved to be Brewster’s worst enemy,” Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said in a statement.
“When the defendant brought Brewster to the shelter, the animal was emaciated, severely malnourished and did not have the energy to walk. Brewster has since recovered and now the defendant is a convicted felon who is prohibited from owning another animal [for three years] and must register with the New York City Department of Health as an animal abuser. It is expected that Brewster will soon be adopted into a loving home,” said Brown.
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Of course Brewster was happy with this news. In the video below Brewster is seen celebrating at the district attorney’s office with dog rescuers from the Adopt a Boxer Rescue organization.
According to the organization’s Facebook page, Brewster has found a home is doing a lot better. “He will be happy, healthy and loved the rest of his life. His abuser will have a felony conviction on his record for the rest of his. He will never be free of what he did to Brewster.”