EXCLUSIVE UPDATE: A judge in Hackensack gave the owner and operator of a Newark non-profit animal rescue two weeks to find a lawyer for a hearing stemming from the discovery last month of two dead dogs and a half-dozen emaciated canines at her Dumont home.
As CLIFFVIEW PILOT reported exclusively, Bergen County SPCA investigators last week filed 26 charges of animal cruelty and neglect against Gabrielle Ganter, 30, following an investigation that included necroposies.
The complaints include not providing food, water, proper shelter or veterinary care under Title 4:22-17.
A hearing scheduled for today was adjourned after Ganter, who operates Pit Bull Kisses Rescue out of Newark, requested a two-week extension in writing from a Central Municipal Court judge so that she could hire an attorney, courthouse sources in Hackensack told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
Police alerted SPCA investigators after finding the dead animals in plastic garbage bags in the house and the live dogs — as well as a starved cat — chained in the yard without proper shelter.
“They were were extremely thin,” one law enforcement official told CLIFFVIEW PILOT , adding that conditions inside the house were “horrid.”
Bergen County Animal Control removed the carcasses and live animals from the Brook Avenue residence on May 13. An investigation leading to the charges against Ganter followed.
The live dogs and cat continued to be held at the Bergen County Animal Shelter pending the closure of the case, after which authorities said there could be adoptions.
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