Mian Siddique, 49, is charged with abandonment and torturing animals
A Great Dane has made an incredible recovery after severe neglect that killed his brother, with their owner now facing charges.
Owner Mian Siddique, 49, was arraigned on Friday in New York on two counts of abandonment of animals and two counts of overdriving, torturing and injuring animals, both misdemeanors.
Police first responded to a call of a suspected abandoned animal on January 14 at a home in Elmont on Long Island.
In a garage, they found Great Danes Sheru and Maverick chained, severely malnourished and 30 to 40 pounds underweight.
Siddique had moved out of the apartment on January 1. Vets estimated the dogs had suffered neglect for months at a minimum
Maverick (aka Biggie Smalls) suffered hair loss, pressure sores and dental disease
Maverick (aka Biggie Smalls, left) and his brother Sheru (right) were found chained in a garage on Long Island in January after having been abandoned by their owner
Sheru (above) had severe dental disease, multiple pressure sores and was very weak, veterinarian said. During treatment, the dog vomited pieces of fabric and later died
The dogs were found at this home in Elmont, New York on January 14
Sheru had severe dental disease, multiple pressure sores and was very weak, veterinarian said. During treatment, the dog vomited pieces of fabric and later died.
His brother Maverick suffered hair loss, pressure sores and dental disease. He was taken in by Rescue City in Brooklyn where staff nursed him back to health.
The shelter staff gave the surviving dog a new name, Biggie Smalls.
‘We are spending some time getting to know Biggie and though he’s frail, his body aches and his bones are fragile Biggie is delightfully sweet and affectionate,’ the shelter said in a statement.
‘Above all, after everything he’s faced he hasn’t lost his faith in humans.’
The dog gained about 50 pounds and now weighs a healthy 140 pounds.
Staff at the animal shelter renamed Maverick as Biggie Smalls and nursed him back to health. He gained about 50 pounds and now weighs a healthy 140 pounds
Biggie ‘hasn’t lost his faith in humans’ and is currently up for adoption from Rescue City
Biggie is currently up for adoption from Rescue City.
If convicted of the top charge, former owner Siddique faces up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. He could not be reached for comment.
‘Every dog deserves a caring and loving home, and when pet owners neglect or abuse their animals, we will hold them criminally accountable,’ said Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas in a statement.
‘This defendant allegedly moved out of his apartment abandoning his two Great Danes to die of dehydration and starvation,’ Singas added.
Siddique is represented by the Legal Aid Society and is next due in court on May 4.