A Pennsylvania man was charged with a dozen counts of animal cruelty on Aug. 2 for not providing the “necessary care” for puppies.
The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Sayreville Police Department said Warren S. Smith, 32, of Morrisville, Pennsylvania was charged as the owner of 12 puppies and alleged he did not provide adequate food and water or veterinary care.
He received one animal cruelty charge for each puppy.
Smith was arrested after a joint investigation by the law enforcement agencies. Sayreville Police received a complaint “of puppies barking" at Petique By Loyal K Nines, LLC located at 120 Main St. in Sayreville, authorities said.
During the investigation, police allege that Smith had 12 French bulldog puppies ages 12 weeks to 3 years “in deplorable conditions, without food and water, and with numerous health and hygiene issues,” at the pet store.
Editor's Note: The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office has corrected the initial name of the Sayreville pet store it sent out.