Discovery of tortured family dog in New Jersey prompts warning to owners

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“September 19th 2012 – I don’t believe in counter violence to settle old scores etc. But boy oh boy, what I wouldn’t give to spend 5 minutes alone with those that did this along; with half my followers! I just can’t imagine those that did it, blending in with a normal family life…they are EVIL; therefore should stick out like a bloody sore thumb! What is the world coming to when your own dog isn’t safe within your yard? These MF‘s must drive around looking for possible dogs, the gentle ones that will come a running with tail wagging…breaks my bloody heart to think of it! R.I.P Ridge, finally no more pain, just lots of lovely juicy bones &  fields to run around; with all the other special ones that crossed Rainbow’s Bridge x”

“Please if you have any information which might help this case, no matter how small or insignificant. please contact the police; no other dog should have to die this way!” 

A dog located within the confines of his own family‘s fenced yard should be safe. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.

Days ago in New Brunswick, N.J., the body of a tortured dog was found in a trash bag in an up-scale neighbourhood.

The dog’s name was Ridge and he had a family.

A microchip embedded in the young dog’s body allowed the authorities to determine who that family was, and piece together what had happened prior to Ridge’s untimely death.

Until the day that he was stolen, Ridge was a beloved friend and playmate to his family’s two young children, ages 4 and 5.

But unscrupulous people stole Ridge from his gated, fenced yard and abused him until the day that he was dead and thrown away.

According to the NJ SPCA, Ridge was:

stolen as he played in a locked and gated back yard, used as bait, starved, neglected, abused, burned and tossed out of a moving car window

Along with the heart-wrenching description of the torture that Ridge was subjected to, is a dire warning to pet owners, “Protect Your Pets! Pet Theft is again on the rise.”

Dog fighters, searching for so-calledbait dogs,” do not follow rules. They do not respect boundaries, and last, but certainly not least, they do not care.

Protect your pets, help spare them from being tortured and killed like Ridge.

According to the NJSPCA, an investigation is underway into this innocent dog’s horrific death.

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Animal complaints filed against owner of puppies saved from fire

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“3 cheers to those fire man, true heroes to man or beast – Well done guys!!”

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP — Township animal control officials have issued summonses for 11 counts of failure to obtain a dog license and one count of animal cruelty to the owner of 18 dogs rescued from a house fire April 2.

Court complaints were filed against township resident Ramona Burnett by animal control officer Belinda Ogitis on Wednesday, township administrator Paul Pogorzelski said yesterday. Municipal court officials confirmed that the complaints were filed, and that a court date of April 24 had been set for Burnett.

Firefighters battling a house fire on Pennington Road in Hopewell Township Monday evening saved 15 puppies from a burning house, outfitting them with canine oxygen masks and setting up a makeshift animal hospital and kennel in the front yard of the house

Police this week ruled that the fire was the result of a scented candle left unattended and closed the case on their joint investigation into the cause of the fire conducted with the Hopewell Township Bureau of Fire Safety, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the county fire marshal’s office.

“The fire was determined at this point as not suspicious,” said township police Lt. Tom Puskas. “We believe that it was accidental and was related to some scented candles that were in the room.”

The evening house fire exposed the puppies to thick smoke. They were rescued one by one and treated on the front yard of the home by firefighters and paramedics. One puppy died, but the two people who lived in the rental property made it out safely.

Pogorzelski said the animal cruelty complaint was filed because matted hair was found on the tail of one of the dogs, and veterinarians at SAVE Animal Rescue in Princeton described it as “potentially dangerous.”

“I think that they felt that (the puppies) should have been cared for differently, and therefore a summons for cruelty was issued,” Pogorzelski said.

Matt Stanton, spokesman for the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA), said matted fur, especially on a dog’s tail, can become serious and lead to infection and the eventual amputation of the tail if left untreated. He also said that charges are typically considered more serious when recognized by a veterinarian.

“If the veterinarian raised the red flag,” he said, “it means a little more because you have a doctor who is trained to see this stuff.”

Court officials yesterday said that the complaints are akin to a municipal ordinance violation and would likely bring just fines, similar to a petty disorderly persons complaint.

Pogorzelski said six of the dogs are currently in Burnett’s possession, while eight remain at SAVE’s kennels.

Contact David Karas at (609) 989-5731 or


Cat’s extensive burns raise suspicions of animal abuse

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When a 3-year-old cat named Pontiac was taken to the Andover Animal Hospital last week, all the signs pointed to abuse.

His whiskers were singed. He had burns that looked like someone had taken a hot fire poker to his body. And, his legs were burnt so badly that the tendon could be seen and he could barely walk. One doctor at the hospital described Pontiac’s smell as an ash tray.

This case of suspected abuse has led the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA), a law enforcement office for animal abuseand neglect, to investigate what happened.

“We are in the middle of trying to find out who did it,” NJSPCA Spokesman Matt Stanton said. “(The animal hospital) did not feel that it was an accidental burn from being under an exhaust system in a car.”

Stanton said that the active investigation may lead to a reward for information, which could range from hundreds to thousands of dollars. But, in the meantime, this black and white cat with a cuddly personality is still at the Andover Animal Hospital attached to two IVs and with neon green-yellow bandages on his front legs and back.

Rachel Bezak, an Andover Borough resident, had been caring for this outdoor cat since March because his owner had to move to a location that did not allow cats. A week ago, she became worried since he did not come to her home for food. After searching, she found him curled up in a pile of carpeting in a neighbor’s driveway that had been dumped there during an apartment renovation.

“As I approached him, I found him out of sorts and like he had been in a fire,” she said. “He smelled like burned fur and ashes were literally falling off parts of his body. As happy as he was to see my friendly, familiar face, he was also very reluctant to be touched.”

Bezak took the cat to the Andover Animal Hospital on Newton-Sparta Road and the NJSPCA was called. But, Pontiac’s owner was unable to pay the imminent hospital bills so hospital receptionist Carol O’Neill adopted him.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to him and to the amazing woman who took the responsibility of giving him the medical attention he needs right now,” Bezak said.

O’Neill has since renamed the cat Sparky to “give him a new start.” The new start is slow since he still faces daily treatments that are painful.

“He may lose his left leg,” O’Neill said, as she and others at the hospital tear up in front of Sparky’s cage. “He is such a sweet cat. I don’t know who could do this.”

Sparky undergoes hydrotherapy once a day where his wounds on his back, ear and legs are washed, but the treatment can be so painful that he must be sedated. He also has Manuka honey applied to his wounds, and then is rewrapped every day.

Dr. Shelley Parker, a veterinarian at the hospital, said that in her 11 years of practice she has only seen one other case of abuse like this.

“He’s eating better,” Parker said as O’Neill fed him treats. “Some of the wounds are getting better, but others are not.”

Veterinarian Technician Laura Keck added that “it’s a day by day thing.”

For O’Neill, the difficult part has been the nearly $2,000 in medical bills that Sparky has acquired. The Andover Animal Hospital staff believes that Sparky needs to be taken to a hospital that can specialize in his care, but this means that the medical bills will become far more substantial.

“I’m not giving up now,” O’Neill said about the specialized treatment facilities.

Bezak, who works at Lion Technology in Lafayette, has taken to Facebook to raise money for the cat and has also organized so that people at her work can wear jeans if they donate. Persons wishing to donate can contact the Andover Animal Hospital at

Despite the long recovery ahead, Sparky is in positive spirits. He loves having his belly rubbed and opens his big green eyes when O’Neill pets him.

“I can’t even imagine what he must have gone through,” Bezak said. “I wish he could tell us so we could know the truth.”

News Link:-New Jersey Herald

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Animal cruelty charges against South Jersey woman

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“OMG…This makes me so angry & so very sad, I don’t mind saying I cried when I saw his picture…I want to scream “how could you” at the person who did this…heartless doesn’t seem the right word, stupid & ignorant seem more fitting! Surely this deserves jail time, if not this, how bad does it have to be??”

Hercules was barely a dog anymore, confined and forgotten in a Gloucester County basement like a box of dusty, old toys.

Meanwhile, upstairs, Roxanne Notaro’s chocolate Lab “Little” had food, warmth, and love.

Officials with the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals say it’s a miracle Hercules, an American bulldog, is alive after police officers found him locked in a small crate, covered in feces, urine and fleas in the basement of Notaro’s home on Vassar Road in the Wenonah last week.

Hercules weighed 38 pounds.

“He was literally skin and bones with little or no muscle mass,” NJSPCA spokesman Matt Stanton said in a news release.

The NJSPCA filed six counts of animal cruelty against Notaro in Deptford Township Municipal Court on Monday, including one charge for the condition of a cat found living upstairs in Notaro’s home. The cat had to be euthanized, Stanton said.

Officials were surprised to find a chocolate lab living upstairs in good weight and health, except for fleas. Stanton said Notaro offered no explanation why she cared for the Lab, named Little, but not Hercules. She signed the Lab over to the NJSPCA

“It is very difficult to comprehend how a person starves one dog in basement and feeds another upstairs,” Stanton wrote.

Notaro could no be reached for comment Tuesday, but a picture of her “beloved” cat and Labrador was on her Facebook page. She expressed grief on her Facebook wall that the chocolate Lab was gone.

“Little no matter what went on we will always love you,” Notaro wrote this morning.

Stanton said Hercules was anemic and could not stand on his own when animal control officers removed him. He is being treated at the Delaware Valley Veterinary Hospital, where he will undergo surgery to his elbow once he regains weight. The NJSPCA will be accepting donations for Hercules’ medical care at

Contact Jason Nark at 215-854-5916 or, or follow on Twitter @JasonNark.

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Salem City man beat pit bull puppy so severely dog had to be euthanized, NJSPCA officials allege |

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SALEM — A city man has been charged with animal cruelty after allegedly beating his pit bull puppy so severely that the dog had to be euthanized, animal welfare officials said.Salem County Puppy.jpg

The New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals filed two counts of animal cruelty against Raseem McNeil, 18, according to the NJSPCA.

Officials with the animal welfare organization allege McNeil admitted to beating and kicking the eight-week-old pit bull puppy, but did not say what prompted the alleged action.

Examined by Dr. Heather Lingley, NJSPCA veterinarian, because of its injuries, the puppy was euthanized, NJSPCA officials said. They added a necropsy on the dog reconfirmed the severity of its injuries.

The charges against McNeil were filed by the NJSPCA on Thursday, officials confirmed Monday.

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