A Fort Lee woman dumped a deaf and blind senior dog from a car in Teterboro and took off, said authorities who tracked her down and charged her.
Tania Connelly, 59, was served with a complaint filed by the Bergen County SPCA’s Law Enforcement Division charging her with “inflict[ing] unnecessary cruelty upon a living animal” by abandoning the aging dog – named Bruna -- in a public place.
UPDATE (PHOTOS): A 15-year-old deaf and blind dog who authorities said was dumped from a car in Teterboro by her Fort Lee owner is being placed in hospice, Bergen County SPCA officials said.
Someone in another car saw 15-year-old Bruna being dumped around 4 p.m. Saturday on Industrial Avenue and gave authorities the license plate number and a description of the vehicle, the SPCA said.
A search was launched – both for Bruna and for whoever was responsible for dumping her.
Bruna was found soon after and brought to the Bergen County Animal Shelter in Teterboro.
Connelly signed a surrender form that will allow the dog to be adopted without waiting for the case to be resolved, the SPCA said.
Shelter officials said they hope someone will adopt her.
Connelly, meanwhile, is scheduled to answer the charge in Superior Court in Hackensack on Sept. 20.
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