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Maryland Man Arrested for Animal Cruelty


The Washington Humane Society says a Maryland man who allegedly let a black-and-white pit bull named Shelly teeter on the brink of starvation, has been arrested. Gurdip Singh, who turned himself in to the Fifth District police station on April 2, has been charged with animal cruelty.

According to documents attached to the warrant for his arrest, Singh kept Shelly and another dog—a black Labrador called Skee-bo—at a business he owns at 1911 New York Ave. NE. There, on Singh's car lot, the dogs apparently lived in a large pen covered in feces and trash. There were three doghouses on hand, documents say, but only one was intact.

Still, if the environment was bad, Shelly's health seems to have been worse. At 29 pounds, the dog was emaciated, and had an infected eye and muscle atrophy—and was missing teeth. Shelly also had a hard time standing. She was later diagnosed with a heart murmur.

Singh allegedly explained the dog's condition by saying Skee-bo sometimes fought with her and didn't let her eat. He also allegedly said he hadn't taken Shelly to a veterinarian because he'd misplaced her vet's contact info.

Singh has been released pending further court appearances; he could face 180 days in jail and/or a $250  fine.

“We are pleased that Mr. Singh quickly turned himself in to MPD," says Scott Giacoppo of the Humane Society. "WHS would have pursued his arrest relentlessly had he not recognized the seriousness of his crimes.”

If you're wondering about Shelly's condition, the Washington Humane Society says she's gone: "Because the dog was raised under poor conditions, she had an aggressive temperament and was not adoptable. Sadly WHS was forced to euthanize the dog."

Photo courtesy of MPD

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  • Rick Mangus

    Put the son of a bitch in a cage and starve his ass and let him sleep in his own shit and piss. It's because of people like this is why animal cruelty should be upgraded to a felony!

  • C. Hill

    I agree with R. Mangus. And, thank you so much Washington Human Society for being the voice of those that cannot speak or defend themselves!! Singh's reason for not taking Shelly to the vet is a stupid excuse. Any dog owner knows you can take your dog to PetSmart for their medical services. It's unfortunate we can't prevent some folks from having pets. I assume Skee bo is in better physical condition. Rend Smith, thank you for reporting this story.

  • 4Sure

    I agree with both of you. I doubt if the bastard will get any jail time. If you can't or aren't willing to put in the time and effort to take of ANY kind of animal DON'T GET ONE!!!! This just make me sick.

  • Doubtful

    Make him live in that dog house for 3 months this Summer. That will teach his sorry ass a lesson really fast.