A judge in Hackensack fined a Fort Lee woman $750 Monday after she admitted that she deliberately abandoned her 15-year-old deaf and blind Boston Terrier in Teterboro.
Tania Connelly, 59, was tracked down and issued a complaint last month by the Bergen County SPCA’s Law Enforcement Division that charged her with “inflict[ing] unnecessary cruelty upon a living animal” by abandoning the aging pooch in a public place.
Someone in another car saw Bruna being dumped on Industrial Avenue on Sept. 1 and gave authorities the license plate number and a description of Connelly's vehicle, the SPCA said.
A search was launched – both for Bruna and Connelly.
A Good Samaritan found Bruna soon after and brought her to the Bergen County Animal Shelter in Teterboro.
Connelly was charged a short time later.
She signed a surrender form that allowed Bruna to be placed without waiting for the case to be resolved, the SPCA said.
TO REPORT INCIDENTS of ANIMAL CRUELTY in BERGEN COUNTY: bergenspca.org/report-animal-cruelty
OR CALL the Bergen County SPCA Animal Cruelty Hotline round-the-clock: (201) 573-8900.
If you believe that the situation is an immediate emergency, dial 911. Then click on the above link.
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