RED BANK: MENNA TUGS REINS ON HORSES

Prince, from Dream Horse Carriage Rides, pulls a carriage through downtown Red Bank in 2014. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Mayor Pasquale Menna thinks having horses pull tourist carriages through downtown Red Bank during the Christmas holiday season is “inhumane.”

He said so at Wednesday night’s semimonthly council meeting, when he formally appointed an Animal Welfare Advisory Committee and asked that it look into ending the annual rides.

What does the owner of the horses think?

“Oh, not this idiocy again,” said Tania Lawson, owner of Dream Horse Carriage Rides in Jackson Township.

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RED BANK: PROPOSED LAW EYES DOG NEGLECT

rb dogs 061714 14The ordinance, championed by Mayor Pasquale Menna, below, addresses tethering of dogs and other issues. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

pasquale menna 052614Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna wants to put more teeth into the borough’s protection of dogs.

The mayor, whose canine companion of 14 years died last month, introduced a proposed ordinance Wednesday night that he said would make it easier to prosecute those who neglect dogs by leaving them tied up for hours, or with heavy tethers, or when the weather is “extraordinarily cold or extraordinarily warm.”

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LITTLE SILVER: DEAD-BIRD HIDER SENTENCED

gretchen rell selfieGretchen Rell with a bird she called “Monty” in a selfie posted on her Facebook page in January. (Click to enlarge)

HOT-TOPIC_03A volunteer animal rescuer who stockpiled hundreds of dead birds and other animals in her mother’s Little Silver home was sentenced to five years probation, the Monmouth County Prosecutor announced Friday.

Gretchen Rell, 56, an Ocean Township resident,  had previously admitted to neglecting the birds and being responsible for their deaths.

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LITTLE SILVER: BIRD HOARDER PLEADS GUILTY

gretchen rellGretchen Rell in a 2011 photo on her Facebook page. She described the bird she’s holding as a survivor of a pigeon shoot. (Click to enlarge)

HOT-TOPIC_03A volunteer animal rescuer who kept hundreds of dead birds and other animals in her mother’s Little Silver home pleaded guilty to animal cruelty Monday, according to NJ.com.

At a hearing in Superior Court in Freehold, Gretchen Rell, 56, an Ocean Township resident, admitted she neglected the birds and was responsible for their deaths.

As part of an agreement with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office, a second charge of cruelty contained in an indictment handed down by a grand jury in May was dismissed, the news site reports.

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LITTLE SILVER: DEAD BIRD HOARDER INDICTED

gretchen rell selfieGretchen Rell with a bird she called “Monty” in a selfie posted on her Facebook page in January. (Click to enlarge)

HOT-TOPIC_03A volunteer animal rescuer who kept hundreds of dead birds and other animals in her mother’s Little Silver home was indicted on animal cruelty charges Monday, authorities said.

Gretchen Rell, 56, an Ocean Township, was charged with two counts of third-degree animal cruelty in an indictment handed down by a grand jury in Freehold, according to an an announcement by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

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LITTLE SILVER WOMAN ‘HOARDED DEAD BIRDS’

gretchen rellGretchen Rell in a 2011 photo on her Facebook page. She described the bird she’s holding as a survivor of a pigeon shoot. (Click to enlarge)

HOT-TOPIC_03A volunteer animal rescuer is expected to face animal cruelty charges after authorities found numerous dead birds in a Little Silver home she shared with her parents, NJ.com reports.

Gretchen Rell, 54, a Mitchell Place resident who also has a home in Ocean Township, will be charged with failure to provide proper care to animals, Monmouth County SPCA Chief Law Enforcement Officer Victor “Buddy” Amato told NJ.com.

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SHREWSBURY: DOG LEFT IN CAR BRINGS COPS

Shrewsbury police questioned an unidentified man outside Trader Joe’s after two witnesses complained that he had left a dog inside his car for a significant length of time as temperature neared 90 degrees early Monday afternoon. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

MORE TEETH SOUGHT IN CRUELTY LAWS

By WIL FULTON

Animal cruelty stands as one of the sad realities of life. Every day, our televisions, news sites, and social media feeds carry images and stories of animal neglect, abuse and abandonment. Last week, redbankgreen reported on puppies suspected of having been dumped in Shrewsbury, no owner in sight.

Red Bank’s mayor and council think offenders of cruelty prevention laws need to hear a stronger message of condemnation. Last week, they endorsed a resolution that asks state legislators to rachet up the penalties for those convicted of animal cruelty.

“Unfortunately we live in a society that is showing a great deal of insensitivity for those who don’t have a voice for themselves,” said Mayor Pasquale Menna. “We have regulations and laws in place, but I think that, frankly, the time has come for our legislators in Trenton to look at those bills that deal with cases and incidents of animal cruelty, and ask that they be upgraded.”

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CRUELTY INVESTIGATED IN PYTHON’S DEATH


The dead reptile was found in a vacant house in the River Plaza section of Middletown.

By WIL FULTON

A four-and-a-half-foot-long Burmese python found dead in a vacant Middletown house last Thursday appears to have been abandoned by its owner, who could face animal cruelty charges, authorities say.

Police, called by neighbors who noticed the front door of 33 George Street had been ajar for several days, found the reptile last Thursday morning. They, in turn, summoned the Monmouth County SPCA.

“What we found was a wooden crate, complete with heat lamps, but the electricity and heat had been turned off, so it’s our belief that the snake succumbed because of the cold,” SPCA enforcement Chief Buddy Amato told redbankgreen Friday.

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STABBING SUSPECT HELD ON $1M BAIL

This just in from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office in Freehold:

A Middletown man was arrested Thursday and charged with stabbing a woman inside the Bed, Bath and Beyond store in Middletown, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

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MIDDLETOWN STABBING VICTIM ‘CRITICAL’

A 29-year-old Keansburg woman was in stable but critical condition Thursday night after being stabbed repeatedly at a housewares store in Middletown, the Star-Ledger website NJ.com reports.

A 19-year-old suspect, Tyrik Haynes, of Middletown, was in custody, facing attempted murder and other charges in the attack, which occurred at the Bed Bath & Beyond store on Route 35 North.

The victim, who was not immediately identified by authorities, “was taken by helicopter to an area hospital where she is listed in critical but stable condition,” according to the report.

CBS News in New York identified the victim as Kerri Dalton, citing her family as its source. Dalton had a baby with her and was inside the store when the attack occurred, but the child was unhurt, CBS reported.

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SNIFFING OUT A SUSPECT IN CRUELTY CASE

Boss, a pit bull who was abandoned in Red Bank in April, was last believed to be available for adoption at the Humane Society. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Perez_van3Henry Perez is not one to boast. Media shy, he’s cautious to a fault about getting clearance from his superiors before talking to a reporter, and wouldn’t let redbankgreen take a fresh photo of him to replace the one at right, from 2008.

But he’s no wallflower either, and the Red Bank animal control officer, who also carries a badge as a volunteer enforcer for the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, contacted us recently because he wants to get the word out:

If you’re thinking of abandoning a dog or other pet, think twice about using Red Bank as your dumping ground. Because if you do, he may hunt you down.

Don’t believe it? Read on.

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