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A Tinton Falls man is facing eight charges of animal cruelty for allegedly wrapping the muzzles of two dogs with duct tape and punching a puppy in the head, law enforcement authorities said Friday morning.

Joseph A. Valentino, 41, of Cherry Street, is alleged to have abused three dogs from September, 2012 through February 2, 2013…

“…when he wrapped the muzzle of Stitches, a one-year-old Bullmastiff, with duct tape and trimmed the nails on the dog’s paws using a power tool despite the animal being fearful of the nail trimming; choking Stitches to the point of the dog’s tongue turning blue and abusing the animal to the point it defecated on itself,”

according to a press release issued by Victor “Buddy” Amato, Chief Humane Law Enforcement Officer at the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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hot-topic rightA woman who was charged with dragging a leashed dog with a car because she didn’t want the animal to soil the car’s interior in August has pleaded guilty, the Asbury Park Press reports.

Citing Victor “Buddy” Amato, chief law enforcement officer for the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, as its source, the newspaper says that Stephanie L. Sciscione, 31, pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty in Middletown Municipal Court this morning, “admitting she dragged the terrier mix named Marlin by its leash down Locust Avenue, in the Navesink section of the township at about 5 p.m. on Aug. 25 after she located the dog that had run away earlier in the day.”

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