NYPD officers arrested two people in connection with running a puppy mill inside a "unsafe and filthy" SoHo apartment.
Officer Ruotolo went to the apartment and determined the conditions of the apartment were not suitable for the 10 Yorkshire Terrier puppies living at the home and was granted a search warrant to inspect the apartment. Sheremoved the puppies from the home and charged Luis Sanchez, 46, and Xenia Torres, 33, with misdemeanor animal cruelty.
“This is another example of the partnership between the NYPD and the ASPCA working to rescue animals in New York City,” said Howard Lawrence, Senior Director, ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Group in a statement. “Fortunately, these puppies are now getting expert care from ASPCA veterinary staff. We are hopeful that they will be healthy enough to find homes this spring.”
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The puppies are still receiving medical care with the ASPCA, but interested adopters can call the ASPCA at 212-876-770 ext. 3800.