Bronx Woman Arrested for Starving Her Pups

No one likes a canine abuser so here's a story that most likely will not cheer up your Saturday.

At the end of February, the Humane Law Enforcement responded to a complaint in the north borough by neighbors who had spotted two frail pups hanging around an apartment building on Webster Avenue. The dogs belonged to Gillian Irving, a 27-year-old woman who reportedly ignored her two seven-month-old pit bulls for weeks on end. 

Yesterday, the American Society for the Prevention for Cruelty to Animal (ASPCA) - a group that conducts large-scale SWAT-esque raids of places involved in animal abuse - concluded that the woman was not only neglecting her pups but starving them to boot. Yes, people like this exist in the world.

When the dogs entered the care of the ASPCA, they respectively weighed 16.4 and 15.2 pounds. After being looked over by veterinarians, the dogs now weigh 27.1 and 26.9 pounds (Gothamist has heart-wrenching before and after shots of these poor pups here).

Thankfully, sweet justice ensued: charges have been placed against the woman for two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and she could face two years in prison.

Unfortunately, according to CBS, this is the third time of the year that a person like Gillian Irving has been reported in the Bronx and the sixteenth time in all of New York City. These are disturbing statistics, especially after that whole "accident" with Michael Vick. Oh, and also the fact that it's only April.

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Sadly this is a a rapidly, wide spreading occurrence. It's at epidemic proportion. Which most of it never gets reported. I recall back in 1984,Iwas working on a house in a bad neighborhood. And next door was a young male golden retriever that was so emaciated. I gave the dear puppy water and my lunch. I put a note on the owners door,and said that Iwould pay the vet bill. And if they could not care for the puppy, that I would take it. The next day was a Sunday.So I went back to ask the owners about the puppy. They would not answer the door. So I walked around the back of the house and there it was. Dead. It was very obvious and evident that it had been beaten to death. I left and called my dear friend Sheriff deputy Shroader. By the time that she got there the owners disposed of the dead puppy. I've never forgiven myself for not taking the puppy the first day. They got away with what they did. In this case, Iwould say that not only should this sick monster not ever be permitted to have any animals, she should not be permitted to have children. As for her punishment, 2 years are not enough. As for Michael Vick, he was slapped on the hand. But that's because he was a sports star, like O.J. You get a pass for being an ass! Please be vigilant for those of GOD'S creations that can not speak out or protect themselves, from sick monsters like this!

A Daily Reader
A Daily Reader

Laws need to change so acts of cruelty like this are felony offenses, not misdemeanors.  This monster of a woman should be legally banned from ever owning any pet.  Not even a goldfish would be safe in her sadistic hands. 

As for the punishment, during her prison tenure, how about 1 meal per week?   


There is no wrath worse than that of animal lovers. Even if this woman would avoid jail, the rescue people will keep keeping tabs on her life for GOOD, writing articles in the examiner.  Don't abuse animals!!!!!!! We will find you and make your life miserable.

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Cat Shields

Contrary to popular belief, goldfish are very difficult to care for. I'm an avid goldfish keeper (exotic goldfish) and they require a LOT of care. On the other hand, a $3.00 dollar Betta fish is much easier to care for.

I feel the woman should have the punishment of having one meal a day for as long as she'd been starving her puppies. That would be a just penalty.

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