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Friday, Oct 23, 1998County: Passaic
Alleged: Jose Pereira
Jose Pereira, 41, of Union is accused of allegedly keeping a beagle in the trunk of a Lincoln Town car on Richard Street for at least 90 minutes.
Pereira's defense is that there's nothing cruel about what he did.
Pereira said, "He was trying to a good deed, I found the dog at work. I felt sorry for the animal ... It was the only way I had to transport the dog home."
The judge asked Pereira, "You don't think putting a dog in the trunk is animal cruelty?
Pereira said he didn't know if the dog had the required inoculations and so he put the dog in a small cage and then in the trunk on Oct 30. He describes himself as an animal lover who works in Newark and had stopped by Passaic when the incident occurred. He declined further details.
Passaic Officer Andrew Aboyoun said he was responding to a complaint of a dog barking inside the trunk of a car near Albion Street about 9:30 p.m. After the officer's arrival at the scene, Pereira arrived and "began laughing as if it's okay to put an animal in a trunk."
Officer Aboyoun charged Pereira with "carrying an animal in or on a vehicle in a cruel or inhumane manner."
Passaic's animal control officer said someone has come forward to adopt the beagle but no decision will be made about the dog's future until a verdict is reached.
- Bergen NJ Record - Nov 3, 1998
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