call-in-the-authoritiesBy DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A woman from the Navesink section of Middletown was charged with animal abuse today, after allegedly dragging her dog down a street with her car, according to the Asbury Park Press.

Stephanie Sciscione, of Locust Avenue, told authorities that her terrier was too dirty to put in her car, so instead dragged the dog, Marlin, by its leash and down her street yesterday afternoon, the Press reports.

She was charged with two counts of animal abuse this morning,  Monmouth County SPCA Chief Law Enforcement Officer Buddy Amato told the Press.

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Witnesses saw Stephanie Sciscione, 31, of Middletown’s Navesink section drive down her street at about 5 p.m. dragging a dog by its leash, Amato said. When police stopped her, Sciscione told them the terrier mix named Marlin had run away and was “too muddy to put in the car,” Amato said.

Amato found a blood trail that ran from the woman’s driveway out into the street, he said. The dog’s hind legs were raw and bleeding, its nails were worn down and its front shoulder was injured, Amato said. It was transported to Red Bank Animal Hospital, where he said it would stay overnight before being taken to the Monmouth County SPCA in Eatontown.

Sciscione will appear in court September 13.