A man and a woman have been charged in connection to the death of a starved pit bull dog, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
Officials say Trent Brewer, 22, and Oniesha Noble, 23, both of 311 Booker Ave., Egg Harbor Township, are both charged with animal cruelty, causing bodily injury resulting in death to a living animal by failing to provide the dog with necessary care, a crime of the third degree.
According to authorities, on Dec. 16th, Egg Harbor Township Police Department responded to complaints, regarding a pit bull tied up at a residence with no shelter. Upon patrol’s arrival at 311 Booker Ave, Egg Harbor Township, the female pit bull, “Gucci”, was found deceased and tied to a shed. After an animal necropsy was performed, the cause of death was determined to be starvation and malnourishment as Gucci had begun eating toxic mulch to try to feed herself.
Officials say on Dec. 20, 2018, members of the Egg Harbor Township Police Department and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office went to 311 Booker Ave and arrested Brewer without incident. Noble was advised to turn herself in for processing and immediately did so, turning herself in at the Egg Harbor Township Police Department. Egg Harbor Township Police Department processed both Noble and Brewer. Noble was released on a summons and Brewer was lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility.
Egg Harbor Township Police Department was the lead agency in this investigation and was assisted by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. If anyone has any information that would contribute to this investigation, please contact Egg Harbor Township Police Department Detective Bureau at (609) 927-5200.
In addition, any reports of animal abuse, negligence, or cruelty should be reported immediately to the police department in the jurisdiction where it is occurring.
These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page.
People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.