Authorities Charge Fort Lee Woman Accused of Leaving Her Blind, Deaf Dog on Highway

A 59-year-old Fort Lee woman accused of leaving her blind and deaf Boston Terrier on the side of the road near Teterboro Airport has been charged with animal cruelty.

Officials say, Tania Connelly, 59, was issued a summons to appear in court later this month, according to Roni Wildoner, chief of the Bergen County SPCA.

According to authorities, Connelly was in her red Nissan with another adult and a child about 4 p.m. on Saturday when she pulled over and left the dog on Industrial Avenue.

Officials say a driver behind Connelly took a picture of her car and the license plate and posted it on social media. A person who saw the post ultimately brought the dog to the animal shelter in Teterboro.

After she was issued a court summons, Connelly signed a surrender form so that the dog can be adopted before the case is resolved.

Police say Connelly is due to appear in Bergen County Superior Court in Hackensack on Sept. 20.

Anyone aware of animal cruelty or neglect call the SPCA at 201-573-8900 or visit bergenspca.org.