Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Tuckerton Police Chief Brian Olsen today announced the arrest of Laura J. Giacini, 53, of Tuckerton, on 8 counts of Cruelty to Animals/Failure to Provide Proper Care and one count of Contempt of a Court Order.
According to authorities, Giacini’s arrest stems from an investigation by Tuckerton PD Ptl. Bruce Evans designated the HLEO, Tuckerton PD Det. Robert Grant and Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Off. Ron Braen. The partnering investigators began their investigation on July 12th after receiving an email from a concerned citizen in reference to possible animal abuse/neglect.
Officials say their subsequent investigation located a trailer located at 313 South Green Street which contained 8 canines that were living in unfit/neglectful conditions. Giacini was identified as the owner of the canines and found to be subject to a Lakewood Municipal Court Order barring her from ownership of animals for 7 years.
The 8 canines were removed from the property and placed in care of Ocean County Animal Facility which is located in Manahawkin.
Later the same day, Assistant Prosecutor Kelly J. Biringer, who will be the case prosecutor, reviewed and approved the above charges. Giacini was served her complaint summons and released to answer the charges on a future date to be set by the court.
The media and public are reminded that criminal charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.