By JOHN T. WARD
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 dogs paws using a power tool despite the animal being fearful of the nail trimming; choking Stitches to the point of the dogs 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.
The first four, originally believed to be all puppies, are now known to be three pups one a type of Pomeranian and an adult female, said Perez. It’s unclear if the adult, a Wheaten mix like three of the pups, is the mother.
It’s also unknown, and likely to stay unknown, if the animals, were born in the wild or dumped there, Perez said. They appear to have been using an exposed drainage pipe for temporary shelter, he said.
Chief Buddy Amato of the Monmouth County SPCA tells redbankgreen that, contrary to earlier reports, the dog was a dachshund hound, not a boxer-type mix, and authorities still don’t know if the dog drowned or was dead before it wound up in the river.
“We don’t know if this was a boating accident or someone dumped the dog in the river on purpose,” he said.
By JOHN T. WARD
A year after it was launched, a pilot trap, neuter and release program appears to have stopped population growth among Sea Bright’s stray cats in its tracks, proponents say.
No kittens are believed to have been born in the past year among the dozens of felines that inhabit the ocean beach and nearby edge of the Shrewsbury River, says Mayor Dina Long.