Nassau County DA’s office has said a Queens man has been charged with animal abuse after an emaciated dog was found dead in a cage, and another badly emaciated dog found without food and water.
Ballew claims he had been going to a home in Valley Stream to care for Princess, the pit bull that was found alive. A detective with a search warrant, entered the property on July 25th, and found a white, female dog, which was very underweight, her coat heavily soiled by feces and the home smelling like feces and urine, without proper ventilation. He also found a white female dog, laying dead, on a pile of feces. Maggots had partially eaten away the floor under the animal, and no food or water was found in the cage. A necropsy concluded that the pit bull died of starvation, due to neglect.
Mark Ballew, 29 of 188th Street in Queens was charged with two misdemeanor counts of failure to provide proper sustenance, which refers to food, water and veterinary care. He was arraigned Monday after surrendering to authorities. Ballew is due back in court on October 1st. He and his attorney could not be reached for comment.
A woman on Austin Street told the investigator that Ballew has been breeding and selling dogs from the house for years, court papers show.