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NJ Woman Indicted On Animal Abuse Charges After Dogs Found Abandoned For Days: Authorities

German Shepherd stock photo/Jodi Wozniak
German Shepherd stock photo/Jodi Wozniak Photo Credit: Pixabay/ACPO

An Atlantic County Grand Jury has indicted a South Jersey woman for multiple counts of animal cruelty after she allegedly left five dogs unattended in the woods for days, authorities said.

Jodi Wozniak, 45, of Galloway has been indicted on five counts of cruelty to animals, bodily injury, failure to care, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill said Friday.

On Sept 16, ACPO Investigator Denise Manino received a telephone call from Galloway Township Police Officer David LaSassa regarding five adult dogs of German Shepherd / Belgian Malinois breed that appeared to be abandoned in the woods in the area of North Pitney Road in Galloway, Shill said.

Officer LaSassa stated that some of the dogs were tethered to a tree and others were inside kennels with no food or water, Shill said.

The dogs that were owned by Wozniak had been left alone for at least 15 hours, according to the owner of the wooded property, Shill said.

The dogs were taken to Atlantic County Animal Shelter and put on a protective hold and at that time Wozniak refused to surrender the dogs, the prosecutor said.

On Sept. 21, Wozniak was arrested for trespassing back on the property she was ordered not to return to, following a judicial eviction order that was signed on Sept. 13, according tp Shill.

Atlantic County Assistant Prosecutor Lynn Heyer is handling the case.

Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. 

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