On Saturday, February 3rd, Neptune Township police received an anonymous call for animals in distress on Embury Avenue. When Monmouth County SPCA Humane Law Enforcement arrived on the scene, they followed a concrete path with fresh blood to a backyard with a garage and heard several barking dogs inside the locked structure. The locks were removed and 6 dogs were inside, all in separate crates lined with woodchips and soiled with their excrement. The dogs had scabs and scarring, body injuries, and punctures to their ears and mouths – we can only assume that some of the dogs were being used as “bait dogs” in the alleged dog fighting ring.
With the help of the Monmouth County Forensic Unit, we collected syringes, IV bags, unknown medications including suspected animal steroids, two dog treadmills, and other paraphernalia. In total 8 dogs were seized (6 inside the garage, and 2 outside with heavy chains connected to dog houses) The occupants of the home were not cooperative, including one who was arrested on scene by the Neptune Township Police Department for disorderly behavior.
MCSPCA Executive Director, Ross Licitra shares, “Our Humane Law Enforcement Division, along with Neptune Police Department, and the Monmouth County Forensics unit worked late into the night to investigate this horrific scene and get the 8 dogs to safety. All of the dogs are being cared for by our compassionate staff and can finally be free of fear and pain. With the power governed by the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office, we will be sure that the cruel offenders of this case will be charged to the highest extent of the law to reinforce that we do not tolerate animal cruelty in our community. We thank everyone who is able to contribute to the care of these dogs to get them healthy and rehabilitated for adoption”
We’re seeking donations to help support the medical care they’ll need for the potentially long time it may take while they remain with us during this investigation – if you’re able to donate (any amount helps!) you can do so here on Facebook, or by visiting this link: bit.ly/neptunefightring