PETITION TARGET: Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office
Dozens of dogs reportedly starved to death at the hands of a couple posing as “rescuers” in Evesham Township, New Jersey.
Officers who fielded a call about possibly malnourished dogs discovered 30 dead dogs inside the house and the corpses of 70 more dogs — in various states of decay — in holes in the backyard covered with a tarp, according to KRDO news.
Nine injured dogs who were on-site in “extremely poor health” were rushed to emergency veterinary care, where one had to be euthanized. Authorities also took custody of a child living in deplorable conditions, according to ABC6 news.
During the course of their investigation, officers determined that the couple allegedly had stolen thousands of dollars while posing as employees of an animal rescue, allegedly accepting money for the reported care of the animals while allowing the dogs to starve to death, according to ABC6 news.
Authorities have charged the couple with animal cruelty and several counts related to theft and computer crimes.
Starvation of a sentient animal — to the point of death — means prolonged, painful, and intentional suffering, and those responsible must be held accountable.
Sign our petition to urge prosecutors to treat this case of extreme and fatal neglect with the severity it deserves — including a lifelong ban on having animals for the individual(s) responsible.
This investigation is ongoing: Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact the Evesham Police Department at 856-983-1116, their confidential tip line 856-983-4699, or by email to [email protected].