NYPD officers rescued 10 Yorkshire terrier puppies from a lower Manhattan apartment, charging a woman and a man with animal cruelty, police said on Thursday.
The puppies, which were being kept in "unsafe and filthy conditions," were first spotted on Feb. 18 by Officer Jessica Ruotolo, the first precinct's ASPCA coordinator, according to the NYPD's news website.
After Ruotolo received a complaint about the apartment, and decided the conditions were not safe, she applied for a search warrant.
Luis Sanchez, 46, and Xenia Torries, 33, were charged on Feb. 21 with torturing, injuring and not feeding an animal, police said. They both lived in the Spring Street home.
The puppies were taken to an ASPCA facility for medical evaluation, police said. A man and woman were charged in the incident.