TINTON FALLS MAN CHARGED WITH DOG ABUSE


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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SHREWSBURY: FIFTH DOG RESCUED

A Wheaten Terrier-mix puppy at the Associated Humane Societies facility in Tinton Falls Friday morning, shortly after his rescue in Shrewsbury. (Click to enlarge)

The last of five possibly abandoned young dogs that were on the loose in an industrial area of Shrewsbury was captured Friday morning, Animal Control Officer Henry Perez tells redbankgreen.

The Wheaten Terrier-mix pup, wet and mangy but tail a-wagging, was caught in a humane trap he set Tuesday, after four other dogs were rounded up near the Satellite Self Storage facility on Tuesday.

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.

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FAIR HAVEN: DOG’S DEATH PROMPTS PROBE

Animal-care enforcement authorities are investigating the death of dog found in a crate on the shore of the Navesink River in Fair Haven Tuesday morning.

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.

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SEA BRIGHT STRAYS YIELD NO KITTENS

A stray peeks out from a hideaway on the Sea Bright beach earlier this week. (Click to enlarge)

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.

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