Maggot-covered food, scorching heat: Huskies’ harrowing conditions detailed in Staten Island man’s court appearance

STATEN ISLAND, NY – The trailer where about two dozen huskies were kept inside a Tompkinsville lot had caked-on feces and urine on its floor – anywhere a dog could sit or lie down – and a window only opened an inch for the sweltering temperatures, said court documents filed in Richmond County Criminal Court that detailed the horrific conditions.

A gray and white husky named Zeus was also chained to a fence at the Van Duzer Street location, leaving his neck furless and oozing with blood and pus, the criminal complaint read. The food at the site was rotting and crawling with live maggots and the dogs were reportedly left with smelly, brackish standing water in a kiddie pool.

One of the dogs had just over eight puppies huddled under the trailer and one had died, authorities said, and all of the animals were forced to endure exorbitant heat levels as Staten Island cooked in high temperatures over the course of of the last few weeks.

Victor Quinteros, 54, was arraigned Monday on one count of aggravated animal cruelty, 24 counts of excessive driving, torturing and injuring animals, 24 counts of failing to provide proper food and drink to a impounded animal, multiple counts of criminal mischief and one count. third-degree criminal forgery.

The criminal complaint against Quinteros said the injuries were inflicted on the dogs in a “depraved and sadistic manner”.

Authorities say abused and neglected husky dogs were rescued by the New York Sheriff’s Office and the ASPCA Animal Rescue Unit on Van Duzer Street in Tompkinsville on July 29, 2022. (Staten Island Advance /Derek Alvez)

Abused and Neglected Husky Dogs Found by New York Sheriff's Deputies on Tompkinsville Lot

Authorities say abused and neglected husky dogs were rescued by the New York Sheriff’s Office and the ASPCA Animal Rescue Unit on Van Duzer Street in Tompkinsville on July 29, 2022. (Staten Island Advance /Derek Alvez)

Quinteros was arrested last week by New York Sheriff’s Deputies, who conducted a raid alongside ASPCA workers in a fenced area along the 100 block of Van Duzer Street.

Court documents allege Quinteros told a law enforcement official on July 28, 2022, “I’m running an animal rescue here” on the land hidden by a barbed wire fence. The next day, officials were armed with a search warrant to conduct a blitz on the scene.

The dogs appeared to be malnourished with fur and paws matted with feces, and the same dark-colored water the dogs drank from was also used by the animals to clean themselves, the criminal complaint alleged.

The huskies were kept in “extremely decrepit conditions”, the complaint reads.

Quinteros was arraigned and his bail was set at $20,000 cash or $75,000 bail.

A spokesperson for the Legal Aid Society – a public defender for the organization handling Quinteros’ case – previously declined to comment.

Weeks before the raid, Quinteros allegedly assaulted a person at the same location, an NYPD spokesperson said Sunday.

A source close to the arrest said he was charged with punching a 40-year-old woman in the face after he suspected her of peeking into the property. The defendant faces second-degree assault and harassment charges in the case, according to court records.

Abused and Neglected Husky Dogs Found by New York Sheriff's Deputies on Tompkinsville Lot

Authorities say abused and neglected husky dogs were rescued by the New York Sheriff’s Office and the ASPCA Animal Rescue Unit on Van Duzer Street in Tompkinsville on July 29, 2022. (Staten Island Advance /Derek Alvez)

Abused and Neglected Husky Dogs Found by New York Sheriff's Deputies on Tompkinsville Lot

Authorities say abused and neglected husky dogs were rescued by the New York Sheriff’s Office and the ASPCA Animal Rescue Unit on Van Duzer Street in Tompkinsville on July 29, 2022. (Staten Island Advance /Derek Alvez)

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