Bruna '"is 15 and deaf and blind," said Debra Yankow, director of the Bergen County Animal Shelter. "It's best for her to live the rest of her life in a loving hospice."
Bruna was brought to the shelter in Teterboro by a good Samaritan who found her after a search.
Someone in another car saw 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.
That led investigators from the Bergen County SPCA’s Law Enforcement Division to 59-year-old Tania Connelly of Fort Lee, who was issued a complaint summons charging her with “inflict[ing] unnecessary cruelty upon a living animal” by abandoning the aging dog in a public place.
Connelly signed a surrender form that would have allowed Bruna to be adopted without waiting for the case to be resolved, but SPCA officials said Friday that a veterinarian recommended hospice care.
Connelly, meanwhile, is scheduled to answer the charge in Superior Court in Hackensack on Sept. 20.
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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