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Thursday, Jan 13, 2000County: Passaic
Defendant/Suspect: Alan Carestia
Alan Carestia of Parson Road was charged with leaving his Rottweiler and two mixed breeds without food or shelter on January 13, 21, and 26 outside in subfreezing temperatures.
Municipal Court Judge Harry N. Fengya Jr found Carestia guilty of all three counts of animal cruelty. Because Carestia had already pleaded guilty to a similar charge from December 1998, Fengya imposed the maximum $2,970 in fines and court fees.
Lt Robert B. Boyle, supervisor of field operations for the Passaic County SPCA said, "If you had seen what I did, you would have been heartbroken." Boyle said the fines were well deserved. He couldn't remember a higher fine being assessed for animal cruelty in Passaic County over the past few years. He said, "If anything, they should have been higher."
Dogs that are kept outside are required to have a dog house and should be brought into a house whenever there is inclement weather.
The dogs remain with Carestia. Boyle said he will consider removing the dogs if they go unsheltered again.
- The Record of Hackensack NJ - May 24, 2000
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