On Wednesday, July 24, members of the Jersey City Mayor’s Quality of Life Taskforce responded to 16 Fulton Avenue after numerous complaints of a dog being left on the porch of a vacant home through the 100+ degree weather this weekend.
Present with the taskforce was Chief Prosecutor Jake Hudnut, Jersey City Quality of Life Commander Sgt. David Calton, and two newly-appointed Municipal Humane Law Enforcement Officers.
A caretaker for the animal responded to the scene on behalf of the vacant property’s out-of-state owner. The four-year-old dog named Maxine was surrendered to Liberty Humane Society.
In consultation with the Hudson County assistant prosecutor for animal cruelty, the property owner, Munther Asad of New York, NY, and the identified caretaker Joseph Maninno of Bayonne, were each charged each one count of animal cruelty. The offenses carry a maximum fine of $1,000 or up to six months in jail.
The divisions of Housing Code, Sanitation, and Environment Health were also present and wrote summonses for various code violation related to the condition of the vacant property.
Liberty Humane Society will treat Maxine for any injuries or abuse and then prepare her for adoption.
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