Starving Dogs and Cats Seized in Queens Raid Exposing Deadly Web of Crime

In a startling raid in Queens, New York, police uncovered a harrowing scene: eleven emaciated dogs and two malnourished cats, alongside substantial quantities of heroin and fentanyl.

The operation, led by the NYPD’s Grand Larceny Squad, targeted a residence on Beach 44th Street in the Edgemere neighborhood, revealing a disturbing nexus of animal cruelty and drug trafficking, reports the NY Daily News.

Police discovered 11 starving dogs in a Queens home.

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Police discovered 11 starving dogs in a Queens home.

Conditions of Neglect

The animals, including several pit bulls, were found in conditions described as deplorable, confined to cages where their ribs were visible through their skin, NBC New York reports, making this a case of neglect and abuse.

In response, the ASPCA has taken the animals into their care, providing essential medical and behavioral treatment.

The animals were living in deplorable conditions.

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The animals were living in deplorable conditions.

The Investigation Unfolds

Cory Elder, 43, the homeowner, faces multiple charges, including drug possession, possession of stolen property, and animal neglect. The investigation also hints at a broader criminal network, with suspicions that some of the animals might have been stolen.

The NYPD released photos of the animals in hopes of reuniting them with their rightful owners, the New York Post reports.

Heroin and fentanyl were uncovered in the raid.

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Heroin and fentanyl were uncovered in the raid.

A Community’s Response

The community has been shaken by the revelation, with many expressing outrage and sadness over the condition of the animals. The discovery of one dog, previously stolen from a Brooklyn tire shop, has brought some relief to its owner.

Authorities’ Ongoing Efforts

The NYPD’s animal cruelty squad is now investigating, with the possibility of additional perpetrators. Elder’s arrest shines a light on the dark underbelly of pet theft and animal abuse intertwined with other criminal activities. This case has galvanized law enforcement and animal welfare organizations to prevent future incidents.

This incident in Queens is a stark reminder of the vulnerability of animals and the lengths to which individuals will go to exploit them for profit.

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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, spending time with his daughters, and coffee.
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