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Nov 26, 2019

Woman Who Allegedly Abandoned Three Dogs Charged with Animal Cruelty

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Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Lacey Township Police Chief Michael DiBella announced that Allissa DeStefano, 29, of Toms River, was arrested and charged with three counts of Animal Cruelty in violation of N.J.S.A. 4:22-17c(2).

During the evening hours of Nov. 11, the Lacey Township Police Department responded to a residence in Lacey Township for a report that dogs had possibly been abandoned in the residence. Upon arrival, the officers determined that the house was indeed abandoned, and the remains of three dogs were discovered. An investigation by Detectives from the Lacey Township Police Department and the Ocean County Prosecutorโ€™s Office revealed DeStefano was responsible for the care of the dogs and had abandoned them in the residence, which resulted in their deaths. DeStefano was arrested without incident and processed at the Lacey Township Police Department. She was released on a summons pending a future court date.

Allissa DeStefano

Prosecutor Billhimer and Chief DiBella extend their gratitude to the Lacey Township Police Department and Detective Bureau as well as detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutorโ€™s Office for their fine cooperative work in connection with this investigation.

The public and the media are reminded that all defendants are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.