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Woman Charged With Leaving Dog to Die Will Appear in Superior Court

A court date has yet to be set

The Forked River woman charged with animal cruelty after she allegedly left a dog to die in a home will appear in Ocean County Superior Court.

 after police investigating a suspicious odor at a Pensacola Road address discovered the dog, Ruger, dead inside a dog crate in the home.

Otte was arrested on Tuesday, June 26 and charged with animal cruelty and abandonment.

An investigation by Officer Paul Sullivan and Officer Paul Schlossbach of New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals found that Otte moved from the Pensacola Road home and left Ruger, a mixed breed, alive in the cage. Sometime after she moved, Ruger died, police said.

The Ocean County Prosecutors Office has decided to keep the case against Otte rather than sending it back to Municipal Court, said Robert Scott, executive assistant prosecutor. Otte will be prosecuted in Superior Court. The case is assigned to Heidi Tannenbaum-Newman.

An indictment is currently pending, said Wayne Lagerquist, Assistant Criminal Division Manager. A court date has yet to be set.

The last court event was Otte’s bail hearing on Friday, July 13. with no 10 percent option through a bondsman on Monday, July 23.

In the meantime, animal activists have taken it upon themselves to ensure that justice is done for Ruger. A Facebook Page and a petition were started. The Facebook page currently has 565 likes while the petition has reached its goal of 3,500 signatures.

In New Jersey, animal cruelty carries a maximum penalty of six months in prison and a $1,000 fine.

Don August 16, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Hinman, Hendrickson, both trolls. Likely the same person. Ignore them.
CMC September 06, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Hopefully the court will make the decision to put her away...she knew what she was doing..this was no mistake...I'd take my dogs over most humans any day...for the people who are anti animal...I feel for you...you're missing out on one of the best experiences in this life...no one...whether animal or human... deserves to suffer and die at the hands of another...
DONNA September 07, 2012 at 12:01 AM
You need your head examined.
Verdi1234 September 07, 2012 at 07:20 PM
I am in amazement that anyone could think that there would be any defence to leave a dog to die ! I get the impression they are either very naive or more likely, just trying to be provocative because they have Nothing better to do with their lives. They are Really not worth even replying to.
Silver dollar April 16, 2013 at 09:51 PM
APRIL 16 2013 MEGAN OTT FOUND DEAD IN HER HOME LAST WEEK. Read Patch article

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