Starving dogs, cats found locked up in ‘deplorable conditions’ inside filthy NYC home may have been stolen: NYPD

Cory Elder, 43, was nabbed around 6 a.m. Monday when the NYPD searched his home on Beach 44th Street in the Rockaways and found 11 dogs – including at least one German Shepherd – and two cats showing signs of “neglect and malnourishment,” authorities and sources said.
Cory Elder, 43, was nabbed around 6 a.m. Monday when the NYPD searched his home on Beach 44th Street in the Rockaways and found 11 dogs - including at least one German Shepherd - and two cats showing signs of "neglect and malnourishment," authorities and sources said.

Starved dogs and cats rescued from a filthy Queens home may have been stolen, cops said – as they released heartbreaking photos as part of a desperate search for the animals’ owners.

The 11 dogs and two cats showing signs of “neglect and malnourishment” were found Monday locked and living in deplorable conditions at the home of Cory Elder, 43, on Beach 44th Street in the Rockaways, cops and sources said.

The NYPD revealed late Tuesday that the animals were “possibly stolen,” as part of a grand larceny pattern including five separate incidents.

The dogs and cats found locked up in a filthy Queens apartment Monday may have been stolen, cops said. NYPD
The dogs and cats found locked up in a filthy Queens apartment Monday may have been stolen, cops said. NYPD
The potentially stolen dogs are linked to a grand larceny pattern involving five incidents, cops said. NYPD
The potentially stolen dogs are linked to a grand larceny pattern involving five incidents, cops said. NYPD

One of the dogs was confirmed stolen in the confines of the NYPD’s 75th Precinct, which includes the East New York and Cypress Hills neighborhoods, authorities said.

Police released new pictures of the poor animals, including snaps of two pooches with their rib cages visible.

The initial photos, posted on the NYPD’s Twitter account Monday, show one dog locked inside a cage next to what appears to be a puddle of urine and assorted trash, and another pooch also in a cage surrounded by tufts of fur.

The animals appeared visibly famished, some with their rib cages visible. NYPD
The animals appeared visibly famished, some with their rib cages visible. NYPD

Investigators also found heroin, fentanyl, and stolen tools as well as DJ equipment inside the home, cops said.

Elder was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, torturing, injuring or not feeding an animal, criminal possession of stolen property, neglect of an impounded animal and aggravated unlicensed operator of a motor vehicle, police said.

Cory Elder, 43, was arrested and faces multiple charges, cops said. NYPD
Cory Elder, 43, was arrested and faces multiple charges, cops said. NYPD
The NYPD released photos of the animals in hopes of reuniting them with their owners. NYPD
The NYPD released photos of the animals in hopes of reuniting them with their owners. NYPD
All of the animals were taken to the ASPCA for evaluations. NYPD
All of the animals were taken to the ASPCA for evaluations. NYPD

All of the animals were taken to the ASPCA for evaluations, the organization told The Post Tuesday.

“Many of the animals were underweight, dehydrated and had dirty hair coats,” a spokesperson in a statement. “The animals were immediately transported to the ASPCA’s care, where veterinary and behavior experts are conducting forensic exams and providing them with much-needed medical care and behavioral treatment and enrichment.”