A Staten Island man has been charged with allegedly neglecting and starving 24 huskies living in squalor – and leaving a puppy dead, officials said Wednesday.
54-year-old Victor Quinteros pleaded not guilty Wednesday to dozens of charges of criminal mischief, lack of food and torturing the dogs, according to Staten Island prosecutors.
Quinteros was arrested on July 29 after a raid on an empty Tompkinsville lot. It was revealed a day earlier that the dogs – including sixteen adults, seven puppies and one dead puppy – were living in and under two trailers or roaming the fenced property.
The trailers were hot, had little airflow and were rancid from urine and feces, the complaint said.
In one of the trailers, which contained up to 20 huskies, there was “feces that caked the floor and all surfaces inside the trailer on which a dog could stand, sit or lie,” the complaint said.
There was also no food or water inside and when the animals were let out they ran around in search of food.
Their only source of water on the property was a children’s pool with “dirty, green and foul-smelling water” where the dogs drank and bathed, the complaint said.
And the only source of food was “rotting and maggots appeared to be crawling in it,” according to the complaint.
The dogs “appeared to be malnourished, with matted fur and paws caked with urine and feces.” There was also a dog named Zeus who was “chained to a fence” with no food or water and whose neck was “bleeding from the chain and oozing pus.”
A mother was found under the trailer with a litter of puppies, including a dead pup.
Quinteros told officers when they arrived at the property that “I run an animal rescue here,” according to the complaint.
At Wednesday’s court hearing, Quinteros — through his attorney — denied a prosecutor’s request to have the dogs repaired, dentalized and microchipped, according to a report in the Staten Island Advance.
The prosecutor’s office, on behalf of the ASPCA, is demanding bail from Quinteros for the huskies’ medical expenses as bills have already climbed to over $40,000, the outlet reported.
The puppies are in the care of the ASPCA, but they are still owned by Quinteros, the news site reported.
A judge set bail at $20,000 in cash and $75,000 as bail, the prosecutor’s office said.
“This defendant failed to meet the basic needs of 24 huskies in his care and chose to heartlessly abandon these beautiful creatures in deplorable and unsafe conditions without access to adequate food or water,” District Attorney Michael McMahon said in a statement.
“We are proud to be working with the New York City Sheriff’s Office and the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office to bring these dogs to safety and provide them with the much-needed medical attention and behavioral care they deserve,” said ASPCA Attorney Erin Satterthwaite in a statement.
The Legal Aid Society, which Quinteros is representing in the case, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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