New York Man Who Abused Puppy Gets Prison Sentence

January 25, 2018 Updated: January 25, 2018

A man from Bronx, New York, who physically abused his girlfriend’s puppy was sentenced on Wednesday, Jan. 24, to one year in prison.

The puppy was abused so severely that it lost one of its legs.

Robert Martinez, 25, pleaded guilty last year to mistreating the mixed breed dog, renamed Sally, according to ABC7.

“The defendant’s abuse of an 8-month old defenseless puppy culminated in a leg injury leading to amputation of the limb,” Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said. “Such inhumane actions will not be tolerated, and a jail sentence sends that message.”

The incident happened back on Sept. 10, 2016. Martinez reportedly hurled the eight-month-old dog into the hallway of his girlfriend’s Leggett Ave. apartment, according to NY Daily News. The apartment is located on Hunts Point.

After the attack, the dog tried to flee but was unable to use her right hind leg. Martinez then lifted the animal by her scruff and pushed her up the stairs to her owner’s apartment.

Martinez’s girlfriend brought Sally to the ASPCA, an animal protection organization, but claimed the dog fell down the stairs.

According to ABC 7, evidence of prior abuse, including broken ribs, was also found on the dog.

As part of his plea agreement, Martinez must register as an animal abuser in the state registry. He is also not allowed to own an animal for five years.

Sally later went through amputation before being placed in a loving home. A photo taken by non-profit organization ASPCA, shows the dog looking healthy and alert.

“The ASPCA continues to be thankful for partners like the NYPD and Bronx District Attorney’s Office in the fight against animal cruelty in New York City,” he said. “Sassy, now named Sally, was rescued from a life of cruelty and pain, provided desperately needed medical care at the ASPCA Animal Hospital, and now has a new home thanks to this collaboration. We’re grateful to the NYPD and Bronx District Attorney for bringing Sally’s abuser to justice.”



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