Monday, April 24, 2017

Pennsylvania: Michael Frye arrested after 12 animals removed from disgusting house. His father Jeff Frye facing charges as well.

PENNSYLVANIA -- Several animals were removed from a filthy home in New Alexandria on Thursday.

The animals were noticed when the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Department went there to serve a warrant.

They found garbage covering the floor, and nine dogs and three cats living in the deplorable conditions.

Michael Frye talked to KDKA’s cameras. He said he’s sorry for the living conditions the animals were in.

“I wasn’t able to take care of them for the last few months,” Frye said.

“There’s feces, cat, dog. There’s cat, dog urine strewn about the house. There’s garbage,” said Cyndi Price, of the Humane Society of Westmoreland County. “Half gallon jugs laying everywhere. Old beds with springs hanging out where one of the dogs was. I’m surprised the dog hadn’t been hurt in that room.”

A sheriff’s deputy was called to the home to serve warrants for traffic tickets.

“Upon coming to this house, it was immediately evident there was a serious animal cruelty issue here. First off, on the smell,” said Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Jonathan Held.

Frye lived at the home with his father, Jeff Frye.

The two face animal cruelty charges.

The sheriff says Michael’s girlfriend (Candice Clemens) may also face charges since she knew about the conditions.

Michael Frye's girlfriend said one of the female dogs delivered puppies in February but that they had gotten rid of the puppies. Facebook posts indicate the puppies were for sale.

Apparently the dogs were rampantly breeding. They had a litter of puppies they were trying to get $150 each for in February, but just 3 months earlier, they had other puppies they were selling.

The Fryes surrendered the animals to authorities.

Michael says they’ve been living in the conditions for the past six months. He says he’s been sick and his dad is disabled.

“I never intended for anything to happen like that,” he said. “I just got overwhelmed.”

The pit bulls and pit bull/boxer mixes were taken away to the Humane Society of Westmoreland County, Action for Animals in Derry and Hoffman Kennels to be housed until they’re cleaned up and adopted out.

(KDKA - Apr 20, 2017)

South Carolina: Three boys, ages 12-13, arrested; accused of tying dog up in heavy chains so that it couldn't move, dragged it down the road into the woods and burned it alive - for fun

SOUTH CAROLINA -- Authorities have arrested two 12-year-old boys and a 13-year-old boy and charged them with cruelty to animals after a dog was wrapped in chains, dragged and set on fire in South Carolina.

Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon said at a Friday news conference that the three boys remain in a juvenile prison.

The dog was found April 11 at The Center for Birds of Prey on U.S. 17 northeast of Charleston. The center’s director told police he saw several children leave the area as he approached the abused animal.

The boys are also charged with ill treatment of animals and unlawful burning.

(ABC Columbia - April 23, 2017)


Canada: 24 dogs, 6 cats removed from accused BC puppy mill

CANADA -- Two dozen dogs and six cats were removed from a dog breeding facility near Lillooet over the weekend, the BC SPCA has confirmed.

The animals seized by BC SPCA officials were all suffering from severe neglect, the agency said Monday.

Eight of the dogs are Yorkie crosses, 15 are Havanese and Havanese-crosses and one is an emaciated Husky cross, the BC SPCA said.


"The dogs were kept in a filthy environment with high levels of ammonia from urine and have serious dental disease and badly matted fur," senior animal protection officer Kent Kokoska said.

"Some of the dogs were being kept in a chicken coop filled with chicken and dog feces, and one of the dogs and two puppies were being kept in a rodent cage."

The cats had severely matted fur and were also living in "filthy and hazardous conditions," the BC SPCA said. The area they lived in did not have proper ventilation or lighting.

And the weekend raid was not the first seizure at the remote property.


Constables seized 16 dogs and four cats earlier this month, and two cats were surrendered recently as part of the ongoing investigation. The BC SPCA said it may recommend charges of animal cruelty as a result.

All of the animals are being cared for at SPCA facilities in Kamloops and Kelowna.

(CTV News - April 24, 2017)

Canada: Someone is tossing pizza slices filled with sewing needles in popular Vancouver park

CANADA -- Dog owners are being warned to keep a close eye on their pets after a disturbing discovery at a popular Vancouver park.

Dogs have found and eaten abandoned pieces of pizza stuffed with sewing needles in an off-leash area of Strathcona Park twice in the past few weeks.

In one case, an owner noticed her dog had a piece of food in his mouth, and saw a string hanging out of his mouth as he was about to swallow.

"I pulled it out and it was a bundled up piece of pizza that had been sewn together," DJ Larkin told CTV News.

She threw it out, thinking it was strange but hoping it was an isolated incident, but when she heard another dog was injured in a similar incident, she felt compelled to come forward.

The other dog swallowed the ball of pizza, which had several needles in it, and needed surgery to remove one from its throat.

The incidents have been reported to the City of Vancouver, and officials say they're investigating. Larkin said she's also been in touch with the BC SPCA.

"It's so upsetting because it's a really popular park for East Van dog owners, and I can't imagine any reason to do that except to intentionally injure an animal," she said.

Larkin said she's never had any other experiences with strange things found in the park, but said she'd heard reports of people finding rat poison left out in the area.

The dog owner says she no longer feels comfortable bringing her dog to the park, and others who were at the grounds on Friday said they're keeping a close eye on their animals.

(CTV News - April 21, 2017)

Australia: Police searching for person who went into family's yard, grabbed their elderly 17-year-old Westie and strangled him to death

AUSTRALIA -- A Brisbane family is devastated following what police are calling a "sickening attack" on a pet dog.

The 17-year-old West Highland Terrier, named Scruffy, was found dead with a towel from the family's clothesline tied around his neck at Northam Avenue, Bardon.

The towel was then tied to a plant.

Liam and Cath Proberts were in Sydney at a wedding when their son made the awful discovery on Friday.

A stringy old towel taken off the clothesline had been used to tie up the West Highland terrier, who had been in the family since the inner-west Brisbane couple's eldest daughter's sixth birthday.

"We were all, our initial reaction was just disbelief and then anger, really angry, like how the hell, it's unfathomable," Mr Proberts said.

"How could and who could do this?"

The pet appeared to have been killed near the clothesline before being taken from the side of the house into the backyard and "displayed" in full view of the main lounge room.

Police described the killing as a "sickening attack", saying there was blood found at the scene.

Detectives announced an animal cruelty investigation on Monday, calling for public assistance from anyone who may have seen what happened in the luxurious Bardon home's backyard between 10.30am and 3pm on Friday but no one was home.

An easement runs past the back of the home but Mrs Proberts said Scruffy had been quiet in his old age and would have been difficult to see from the tree-filled park.

The Proberts family was hoping some of that blood could have been the attacker, giving police a chance to match the DNA.

"I actually would really like to catch whoever did it," Mrs Proberts said.

Cath Proberts said, "We're living in a neighbourhood that someone's capable of not only attacking Scruff, but leaving him on display, so the intent was very malicious."

Mrs Proberts said Scruffy hadn't barked for the last year because he was so old.

"Our neighbours said they didn't even know we had a dog," she said.

The family can’t imagine who would do such a thing to their “defenceless” pet who could barely walk up the stairs.

It's believed Scruffy was attacked sometime between 10.30am and 3pm on Friday, police said in a statement on Sunday night.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

(AU News Yahoo - April 24, 2017)

Virginia: Moronic Albemarle County jury finds Lee Oakes Jr. and Jerelyn Sutter guilty of aggravated animal cruelty after they chased pet pig around, stabbing it 31 times, killing it - then orders NO jail time.

VIRGINIA -- In a two-day trial that ran into the early-morning hours on April 22, a 12-person jury convicted a Fishersville duo of animal cruelty and maliciously killing a pig by stabbing it in the neck at least 31 times.

Aymarie Sutter, 27, was employed as a veterinary assistant at the Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA on July 3 of last year when two Albemarle County patrol officers dropped off a pig they had received several calls about and eventually found wandering near Proffit Road.

The SPCA does not take livestock, so as employees worried about what they would do with the swine, Sutter testified that she offered to take it to the home she shared with her fiance, Lee Oakes, 33, house it in their dog run overnight and take it to a butcher in the morning.

In a tearful testimony, Sutter told the jury that when Oakes arrived at the SPCA that evening, his intention was to hogtie the animal and haul it home on a tarp in the trunk of his car.

“Things didn’t go as he had planned,” said Bonnie Lepold, Oakes’ attorney, during her opening statement. The jury reviewed an SPCA surveillance video, which showed Oakes struggling to walk the pig in a dog harness outside the facility.

There, he and Sutter forced the animal to the ground and tried binding all four of its legs with dog leashes while the pig thrashed and eventually bit Oakes through the boot. He then instructed Sutter to get his hunting knife out of his car, and he slaughtered the pig himself—just out of the video’s frame.

When the act was over and the pig was finally still, Sutter testified, “Lee closed his eyes and bowed his head, like I see him do over any animal life he takes.”

His own attorney called him a “terrible butcher,” but said when her client realized he would not be able to get the pig in the car alive, he killed it as quickly and humanely as he could. As a skilled deer and turkey hunter, she said he was not prepared for the thickness of the pig’s skin.

Prosecutor Amanda Galloway showed the jury pictures of the maimed animal lying lifeless with several gashes and cuts along its neckline. About 15 animal-lovers and animal sanctuary owners showed up in pig shirts, leggings and carrying pig purses—though they were forced to check the latter at the door.

During the trial they audibly gasping for breath and sniffled when the bloodied images were shown. Some left the room.

Lepold and Alicia Milligan, who represented Sutter, argued that the pig was feral, “a nuisance animal” with “no real value” and belonging to no one.

Jose Zamora, a farmer on Mine Creek Trail, testified that he had bought a black pig at the Tractor Supply Company, and when the seller delivered it to him, a white pig also escaped out of the seller’s cage and ran into the woods on his property. The seller told Zamora to keep the white pig for free, though Zamora testified that he never wanted it. He would leave food out for the pig and saw it every day for more than four weeks until it went missing, he said. He identified the white pig as the one with 31 stab wounds to the neck.

Dr. Jaime Weisman, an expert in veterinary forensics training and a diagnostician at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in Warrenton, conducted a necropsy—or an animal autopsy—on the pig and concluded that it bled out. She testified the pig probably suffered for 10 minutes before it died.

“It never even crossed my mind to call it anything other than domestic,” she said, noting that the pig she examined had thin hair and short tusks while feral pigs have thicker hair and longer tusks. A feral pig would never allow someone to get near it or pet it and it certainly wouldn’t walk on a leash like a dog, she said.

After the killing, Sutter testified that she and her fiance delivered the animal to Jim Vines, a meat processor and owner of Rolling Knoll Farm, who later took the stand and said he only agreed to receive the dead animal because he thought it was feral—its hair was rough, its teeth were rounded from chewing rocks and its nose was rough from rooting. He called it a “wilder pig” and said it takes virtually no time for a domesticated pig to transition to a feral one when out in the wild.

Outside of Albemarle County Circuit Court, Lorelei Pulliam, the executive director of Gallastar Equine Center in Afton, which has an animal sanctuary called Ranger’s Refuge, said “[The defense] is trying to characterize him as a nuisance species. He was a treasure.”

When the pig was captured by police, they testified that it was exhausted, hungry and frothing at the mouth. In Pulliam’s opinion, it was lost and looking for help.

“Instead of getting that help, he was brutally butchered,” she said.

And reacting to an SPCA’s sobbing testimony—the only person present during the slaughter other than Oakes and Sutter—Pulliam noted the pig’s “horrible gurgling sounds at the end, as he took his last breath.”

She called the testimony “one of the worst things I’ve ever heard in my life.”

It wasn’t until 1am Saturday that the jury indicated it had made a decision. The jury found them not guilty of stealing the pig, but convicted them of one felony count of killing livestock and a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty, each charge carrying a $500 fine and court costs—and no jail time.

When you kill someone's animal you are depriving them of their property. Ergo, they are guilty of THEFT. Idiots.

Pulliam, who dubbed the pig Profit, commended the commonwealth’s attorney for prosecuting the case, and says the moniker only comes, in part, because the animal was found near Proffit Road. She also likes the name “because he has a lot to teach people and people have a lot to learn.”

(C-VILLE Weekly - April 24, 2017)


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Oklahoma: Joshua Keller handed a 23-year prison sentence after he and Kendra Jarrett broke into a home and beat the owner's dogs. Jarrett's criminal case is ongoing.

OKLAHOMA -- A man accused of burglarizing a home and beating up a helpful homeowner’s dogs goes to prison Tuesday.

In October 2016, police say Joshua Keller and Kendra Jarrett broke into a west Tulsa home.

Vicky Wright, the homeowner, found Keller and Jarrett in her driveway. They gave her a sob story and told her their truck broke down. She helped them when they claimed to need gas, but when she left to run errands she came home to the crime scene.

Keller and Jarrett, seen on surveillance video, pulled into her carport and then Jarrett can be seen kicking in the door to the residence. While there, Jarrett and Keller beat, kicked and abused her two dogs.

After loading up the vehicle with her belongings - including $1,000 worth of DVDs, her laptop and jewelry, they fled.

The dogs have since made a full recovery.

Keller had been scheduled for a bond reduction hearing in LaFortune’s courtroom Tuesday before entering his guilty plea. In a motion to strengthen bail to at least $1 million, Assistant District Attorney Isaac Shields wrote that Keller was charged with seven felonies within four months.

Keller was released Jan. 27 on a $10,500 bond before missing a court date Feb. 13, having a bench warrant issued and being arrested again Feb. 19 due to his most recent case.

“In the present case, this defendant’s previous record on bail displays a pattern of going out and committing new crimes and failing to obey this court’s orders,” Shields said, calling Keller a “continuous risk to society” when not behind bars.


During a court appearance Tuesday, Keller took a plea deal for animal cruelty, burglary and larceny. He received the 23 year sentence in exchange for the plea.

District Judge William LaFortune handed down 23-year terms for each count but said they will run concurrently (all at the same time rather than one after another which would have meant 46 years in prison), and concurrently with other felony charges stemming from a Feb. 19 stolen-vehicle case.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections records indicate Keller has three felony theft-related convictions from 2002 to 2006. He was released last May after serving about 10 years of a 12-year sentence on a robbery conviction.

Jarrett, according to court documents, had 18 theft-related felony convictions across 12 cases from 2001 to 2011, mostly in Tulsa County. She was released in September 2014 after serving 3½ years of a 12-year sentence.

Jarrett appeared in court Wednesday, where court minutes indicate she waived her preliminary hearing. She is set to appear Monday before LaFortune for trial court arraignment.


Full Name: Kendra Mae Jarrett
Arrest Age:39
Gender: Female
Birthdate: 08/24/1977
Block: 1200 N Garfield Ave
City: Sand Springs, Oklahoma 74063
Height: 5'04"
Weight: 60 lbs
Hair Color: BRO
Eye Color: BRO
Time: 5:10 AM
Arresting Agency: TPD / STAGGS
Total Bond: $87750

Full Name: Joshua Alan Keller
Arrest Age:33
Gender: Male
Birthdate: 06/19/1983
Block: 2800 E 44th Pl N
City: Tulsa, Oklahoma 74110
Height: 5'09"
Weight: 60 lbs
Hair Color: BRO
Eye Color: BLU
Time: 5:23 PM
Arresting Agency: TPD / BAKER
Total Bond: $6000

(Fox23 - April 5, 2017)

Oklahoma: Parolee Travis Wallis, arrested and charged with animal cruelty after stabbing his father's Dachshund to death

OKLAHOMA -- Travis Wallis faces charges of animal cruelty after allegedly stabbing and killing his father's Dachshund.

The owner of the dog, Donald Wallis, witnessed his son's brutal attack on his pet, according to an incident report.

Travis allegedly grabbed a kitchen knife and approached the cage where the Dachshund was held.

Travis then removed the Dachshund from its cage and carried his dad's seven pound dog to the backyard, according to a Chickasha Police report.

Once outside, Travis held the dog by his neck and stabbed the dog repeatedly in the abdomen with the knife, the report said. His father Donald said the dog became lifeless as it was stabbed to death by Travis. 

Travis allegedly tried to get his father Donald to come to the backyard as well, but he refused. 

Travis, who stands about six feet tall and what appeared to be in robust health, claimed the dog bit his fingers, the report said.

Donald said Travis bit his own fingers before police arrived, the report said.

When Chickasha Police Officer Derek Hunt asked Travis if he had stabbed the dog, Travis allegedly admitted he stabbed the dog "five or six times." 

Officer Hunt said the dog was found in the backyard, with stab wounds and entrails showing. 

"It was obvious that the Dachshund died a violent death," Hunt said in the report.

Travis was placed under arrest.

En route to the Grady County Jail he made bizarre requests such as asking the arresting officer for a bug, such as a cockroach. Travis allegedly said he had used methamphetamine two or three days ago, the report said.

According to court records, Wallis had his bond increased from $50,000 to $200,000. Wallis' bond was increased due to prior convictions, according to the Grady County Court Clerk Office.

Full Name: Travis Marshall Wallis
Gender: Male
Birthdate: 06/21/1981
Arrest Age:35
Arresting Agency: CPD, Grady County, Oklahoma

ODOC# 269861

According to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Wallis was given a 30-YEAR SENTENCE in 2005 after escaping from prison. He apparently is supposed to be on parole until 2024.

(Chickasa News - April 20, 2017)

California: San Jose cat killer and alleged animal rapist Robert Farmer, 26, gets new pre-sentencing date

CALIFORNIA -- For the second time in recent weeks, a pre-sentence hearing for the San Jose man who pleaded guilty to abusing and killing 21 cats has been rescheduled because a psychologist for his defense was unavailable to testify.

Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Alexandra Ellis announced April 6 that the next day’s scheduled hearing “was postponed because the defense expert is not available.”

A new hearing has been set for May 12 at 10 a.m.

Robert Farmer is the son of a retired
San Jose Police Captain

Ellis assured a group of residents who have closely followed the case against Robert Roy Farmer, 26, for more than a year that the latest development was not a ploy by the defense team to delay proceedings. She said prosecutors twice have been ready to put an animal control officer on the stand, though they haven’t indicated what the officer is expected to testify.

Farmer’s attorney, Wesley Schroeder, also kept mum despite enlisting the services of a San Francisco forensic psychologist for the hearing.

Superior Court Judge Sharon A. Chatman told attorneys last month she wants to hear from the psychologist who had previously examined Farmer before she decides whether he should register as a sex offender after he’s ultimately released from prison for having also sexually abused one of the cats.

Farmer has been in custody at the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas since October 2015, when San Jose police found him asleep inside his car with a dead cat next to him. Farmer pleaded guilty last year to 21 felony counts of animal cruelty and one count each of misdemeanor battery and being under the influence.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys have focused on a San Jose Animal Care and Service necropsy report that could influence whether the judge orders Farmer to register as a sex offender. 

The report states the female orange tabby cat had vulva and rectal openings of more than one centimeter each and that a DNA match between Farmer and the cat was found under its claws.

But Schroeder has questioned those findings. In an email, he told the Resident a “(tuolidine blue) test designed to highlight abrasions or subtle trauma from sexual assault failed to show any evidence of even the most minuscule trauma.”

More DNA testing linked Farmer to a total of 21 feline victims.

Although it is unclear whether anyone in California has had to register for sexually abusing an animal, Ellis has said the judge has the authority to make that decision. In a previous interview, Ellis said that “under California law, any crime–any crime–that is motivated by a sexual desire, intent, gratification, there’s discretionary registration.”

Farmer could face up to 16 years in prison.

(Mercury News - April 17, 2017)


Texas: Thyren Justus, 36, sentenced to 5 years in prison for beating puppy to death

TEXAS -- A man who "claimed" he was too drunk to remember beating his Australian shepherd puppy to death was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison.

Thyren Clent Justus, 36, pleaded guilty to a felony animal cruelty charge but claimed he remembers nothing about breaking his dog's leg and stomping him so hard that the puppy's lungs collapsed.

Defense attorney Pete Schulte argued that Justus should receive probation because he's a recovering alcoholic. Prosecutor Felicia Kerney argued that Justus should be given the maximum 10-year sentence.

State District Judge Tracy Holmes, who determined the sentence, questioned Justus about his memories several times when he testified Thursday. She said it was convenient that he could remember other details but nothing about his dog's death.

"What would cause you to become so violent to an animal like that?" Holmes asked.

"I can't think of anything. I've never been that angry with anything," Justus said.

State District Judge Tracy Holmes could have given Justus the maxiumum sentence of ten years but chose not to.

Justus went to the Greenville Avenue St. Patrick's Day Parade and then out to a bar for several hours before walking home around 2 a.m. March 20, 2016. He said he drank "beer to jello shots to vodka – I couldn't tell you."

He claimed he remembers flashes of his dog and officers arresting him but little else about the night.

"I have played this over and over in my mind," Justus testified. "I'm haunted by – I wish I remembered."

Police were called to an apartment in the 3500 block of Wheeler Street after a neighbor reported hearing a dog yelping amid loud banging noises.

They found streaks of feces from the parking garage to the door of Justus' apartment. When Justus answered the door, he was crying and told police his dog had died.

Officers found Luke, a brown-and-white Australian shepherd puppy, slumped in front of a toilet with blood around his snout and one of his back legs hanging at an odd angle.

Deborah Thorne, a Dallas Animal Services veterinarian, testified Thursday that the 5-month-old puppy had multiple fractures, collapsed lungs, broken teeth and was bleeding from the nose.

"This is one of the worst cases of animal cruelty I've ever seen," she said.

Schulte asked if any of the injuries could've been caused by a 200-pound man falling onto the 20-pound puppy. Thorne said it was unlikely.

Justus, a registered nurse, was evicted and fired from his job after he was arrested in 2016. People posted his address on social media. He moved in with his mother in Oklahoma and got a job as a traveling nurse in San Angelo, Texas. But alcohol got him in trouble again.

"I did what Thyren does. I drank," Justus said.

He was arrested in June on a charge of driving while intoxicated in Tom Green County.

Justus said he has been sober since July and regularly attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

But Kerney, the prosecutor, argued that's not enough. She said there's no question that Justus was drunk, but alcohol doesn't make people brutally beat their pets.

Justus, who had described his dog as "obstinate," was mad because he came home after being out since the previous morning to find his untrained puppy had torn up training pads and pooped on the floor, Kerney said.

"He remembers exactly what happened," she said. "He'd always had a problem training Luke."

(Idaho Statesman - April 13, 2017)


New Hampshire: Ronald Wiggin, 47, arrested after investigation into abandoned dog left tied to tree

NEW HAMPSHIRE -- Police arrested a man following an investigation into a dog that was left tied to a tree and abandoned last month.

Police reported that Ronald Wiggin, 47 of Manchester, was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals after he left a dog tied to a tree in Bow. The dog appeared to have been left for a lengthy period of time.

Wiggin was released on $500 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in the 6th Circuit Court in Concord on May 15.

Police say the dog is doing well and will remain in the care of the Pope Memorial SPCA until the case is adjudicated.

ORIGINAL STORY (March 27, 2017)

Police are investigating a situation regarding an abandoned dog in Bow.

Police reported that early Wednesday morning, officers received a call regarding a possible abandoned dog on Vaughn Road. The dog had allegedly been left tied to a tree and appeared to have been there for a lengthy period of time.

Upon police arrival, the dog was resting inside the vehicle of the person who reported the incident. The dog was then take to the Pope Memorial SPCA in Concord.

The dog was scanned for a microchip, but police said one was not found.

The situation is still being investigated and if you or anyone you know recognizes the dog, please call the Bow Police Department at 603-228-0511.

(NH1 - April 10, 2017)

New Jersey: $20G bail for alleged Seaside dog killer Nicholas Piccolino after skipping court date

NEW JERSEY -- The dog-sitter accused of killing the pet he tended in Seaside Heights last August misses his Ocean County Court appearance, and the judge issues a bench warrant for his arrest and extradition.

Nicholas Piccolino, 34, of Seaside Heights, faces a third-degree animal cruelty charge for the beating death of Booshu, a 10-year-old Bichon Frise that he was minding for an acquaintance.

According to Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato’s office, Piccolino had an April 10 appearance to fulfill. His lawyer explained that Piccolino was serving 20 days in New York City for a shoplifting charge.

Judge James M. Blaney, at the behest of County Assistant Prosecutor Heidi Tannenbaum-Newman, issued a warrant, effective on his release, and set bail at a full $20,000 after incarceration in Ocean County.

Piccolino’s bail was set at $35,000 last September, after the necropsy report and witness interviews were completed.

Speaking to investigators on the night of August 19, Booshu’s owner accused Piccolino of causing the dog’s death.

A neighbor in an upstairs apartment told NJSPCA Detective Sergeant Larry Donato and Seaside Heights police about hearing loud bangs and a dog yelping, investigators said.


Piccolino allegedly let the owner know a short while later that something was wrong with Booshu.

According to detectives, he claimed that the dog “dirtied” herself in her crate, and that he "dropped her" while cleaning her.

Examination by Dr. Shannon Swist of the New Jersey Animal Health Diagnostic Lab revealed multiple blunt force injuries of the head and body, authorities said.

Meanwhile, a Facebook page titled Justice for Booshu has been created to track the criminal case.

(WOBM - April 17, 2017)