SOHO (PIX11) -- Two people have been arrested after NYPD officers and the ASPCA rescued 10 Yorkshire Terrier puppies from a 'filthy' SoHo apartment.
Officer Ruotolo, the ASPCA coordinator for the 1st Precinct, first visited the apartment Spring Street on Feb. 18 based on a complaint she received. The resident allowed Officer Ruotolo inside, where she observed unsafe conditions for the Yorkies.
The officer was granted a search warrant for the premises, and along with other NYPD officers and members of the ASPCA, removed the puppies from the home. Luis Sanchez, 46, and Xenia Torres, 33, were arrested and charged 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. “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.”
The puppies have been taken to an ASPCA facility for medical evaluation.
Interested adopters may call the ASPCA at 212-876-7700 ext. 3800.