Tuckerton Woman Sentenced for Animal Cruelty

Feb 27, 2019

On Feb. 20, Allison Konowitz, 36, of Tuckerton  was sentenced to 60 days in the Ocean County Jail for animal cruelty. The sentence was the result of a guilty plea to animal cruelty that Konowitz previously entered on Dec. 19, at which time she admitted to purposely, knowingly, or recklessly causing bodily injury to a living animal by failing to provide the animal with necessary care, ultimately resulting in the animal’s death.

According to a press release from the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, on Sept. 3, Tuckerton police observed several dogs running loose. The police were able to secure one of the dogs, which appeared to be extremely malnourished and wounded. The officers observed the front door of a nearby residence was open, with dogs coming and going freely. Upon entering the residence, the officers found the conditions to be deplorable; the health department was notified and the residence was deemed uninhabitable.

Sixteen dogs were recovered from the residence and transported to the Southern Ocean County Animal Facility in Stafford Township. One puppy had to be euthanized due to his condition. The death of this animal resulted in Konowitz’s being charged with animal cruelty. The other 15 dogs have been adopted.

Konowitz will be under two years’ probation and must make restitution in the amount of $1,225. She is also prohibited from possessing/owning any animals, or being employed in any field related to animals. —P.J.

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