Update on the case of 13 abuse dogs. A New Jersey man is facing multiple charges of animal cruelty after thirteen dogs were removed from his care due to neglect, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
Derek Bussey is charged with 1 count of third degree Animal Cruelty, 12 counts of fourth degree animal cruelty due to the death of a puppy and the neglect of three adult dogs and nine other puppies found on a property in Asbury Park on July 26, 2020.
Asbury Park Police alerted the organization Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) after multiple reports of a loose adult male dog. An investigation revealed an adult female dog tied up in the backyard without food or water, and another adult female dog with her ten puppies being kept in a non-vented enclosed garage, in extreme heat, on a concrete floor with no bedding, and with no access to food and water.
All of the animals are in horrible conditions with one puppy struggling to breath and unable to move. All of the animals were transported by authorities to an Emergency Vet Clinic and diagnosed with dehydration, flea infestation, dermatitis, breathing issues, roundworm and more.
Sadly, the puppy who was discovered struggling to breath and move passed away at the clinic. not moving and having difficulty breathing did not survive. Derek Bussey, the owner of all thirteen dogs, was not currently living on the property where the animals were found.
New Jersey 101.5 reports that if convicted of the third-degree charge, Bussey faces a sentence of three to five years in a New Jersey state prison.
This case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Melanie Falco, Director of the Office’s Professional Responsibility and Bias Crimes Unit, and liaison to the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Law Enforcement Division.
Bussey is scheduled for a Detention Hearing on September 30, 2020 in front of Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Paul X. Escandon.