Seantor Declan O’Scanlon announced this morning that he plans to introduce legislation that would make aggravated animal abuse a second or third degree crime, depending on the severity of the offense.
Second degree crime convictions carry sentences of 5-10 years in state prison and fines of up to $150,000. Third degree crime convictions do not carry the presumption of incarceration but can carry sentences of 3-5 in state prison and fines up to $15,000.
Senator O’Scanlon said his legislation is spurred by recent reports of animal abuse in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Last month Aaron Davis of Long Branch was arrested and accused of leaving a caged pit bull to die on the banks for the Shrewsbury River in Highlands. Davis was charged with a third degree crime, which does not presume incarceration, though he is in the custody of the Monmouth County Correctional Institution pending trial. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: September 4th, 2018 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News | Tags: Aggravated Animal Cruelty, Declan O'Scanlon, Mocha, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, River, Senator Declan O'Scanlon | 2 Comments »