“Spike is an 11 month old bulldog that has been abused repeatedly over the past few months.” ASPCA investigators were called to Maria Aguilar’s house on February 24 after witnesses reported hearing a dog crying. Aguilar originally denied beating the pup, but she allowed ASPCA officials to take the dog to their hospital." There is a video that shows Maria Aguilar tossing Spike across a patio and against an iron fence. He cowers down, Aguilar picks up an orange snow shovel and smacks the pup over the head. Then she throws him to the other side of the patio. You can hear the dog shrieking in the video.
I am not going to show you that video. It's too hard to watch.
The ASPC then discovered that her husband had taken the dog to veterinarians 12 times in the past seven months for treatment.Okay-isn't there a fiduciary responsibility that the vet has to report this? This is insane to me. TWELVE TIMES! The cops would should have been called after the first few trips. I would think all of this would look suspicious.
From for the love of the dog:
Twelve times in seven months? If this was the same veterinarian, we have a real issue with that practice. If I was to take my dog to the vet 12 times in seven months and they observed anything close to those types of injuries, I would be escorted out of the practice by the police – in handcuffs. But Maria Aguilar’s husband offered a different story. Victor Estudillo, Aguilar’s husband, say Spike was fine when agents took custody of him. He says he’s spent about $7,000 in vet bills because Spike was a sickly dog, not a victim of abuse. And then her son states, on camera, “We don’t want her to go to jail – its just a dog.”
Just a dog. There you have it. I am not surprised to hear something like that coming out of this kids mouth after I see what his mother is capable of. That remark should tell you all you need to know about that family. This kid has just learned the basics from his mother.”
Now here's the kicker. Wait for it...."Maria Aguilar denied beating Spike, but when she was confronted with the video, the jig was up. Maria Aguilar was arrested for aggravated animal cruelty and criminal possession of a weapon. She faces two felonies and four years in jail.I don’t want to hear excuses. I don’t want to hear the dog was at the vet 12 times because he was “sickly”. I don’t want to hear you spent $7,000 on medical bills for poor Spike. I don’t want to hear she’s a good mother and shouldn’t go to jail. I don’t want to hear it’s “just a dog”.I only want to hear what prison she goes to so I can mail her cellmate a shovel!”
The dog's injuries have been severe. She blinded poor Spike in one eye. That's just for starters. He had broken bones and could have potential brain damage from what i'm told. What a disgrace this woman is.
So here is the good that came out of this story. There is light at the end of the tunnel for poor Spike. They weren't worthy of having this wonderful creature to begin with. So catching this piece of garbage on video actually took this poor angel out of harms way and into the arms of safety. Just imagine what this dog's life would have been like if she hadn't been caught? A lifetime of misery and abuse. THANK GOD someone caught her and stepped up to do the right thing.
Over 100 people have applied to adopt Spike. So he WILL go to a good home and get the love, care, and kindness he deserves. As far as Maria Aguilar goes-well I hope she burns in hell where she belongs. Just get me in a room with this woman for an hour. She will see what abuse is really like. And I won't let her forget it. She is a waste of air.
If you can, please write to the DA's office to make sure she is given the maximum sentence. Believe it or not, this woman can walk away from this crime with a slap on the wrist and a fine. Where are the laws protecting the innocent here? Please, if you can, contact the DA of Queens and tell them to give the max and let them know how you feel. You can contact them at the number and address below. I know Spike would appreciate it, as well as all the other “Spikes” out there in the world just waiting for a law to pass to protect them. C'mon-we can do better than this people!
Thank you for taking the time to write to the Queens District Attorney’s Office.
Kevin R. Ryan
Director of Communications
Queens County District Attorney’s Office