TETERBORO, N. J. – A woman accused of leaving her blind and deaf dog along a road, said they plan to return, but the authorities said that they believe that the woman abandoned the animals because they can not pay for veterinary services.
Tania Connelly, 59, is charged with animal cruelty and was given a summons to appear in court this month, a New Jersey chapter of the association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said.
Roni Wildoner, head of the Bergen County animal SHELTER, said a motorist in traffic saw the dog being pushed out of a car on a road near Teterboro Airport last Saturday, then took a picture of the car. The photo later led the detectives to Connelly, Wildoner said.
Connelly told NJ.com Friday, she left her Boston terrier, Bruna, in an area with grass, while she went shopping at a nearby Walmart store. “It was not my intention to abandon her. I swear to you,” said Connelly. “I was going shopping and it was very warm. I didn’t want to leave her in the car.”
“I thought I could leave her there for half an hour and then come back. When I came back, she was gone,” said Connolly.
Connelly said that she had the dog for eight years and is of the opinion that the dog is at least 13 years old. They also admitted the dog has the growing medical problems and they can’t afford to pay for them.
The dog was found without a collar or identification tags, Wildoner said. He also noted that the Bergen County animal shelter is a quarter of a mile away from where the dog was found.
Connolly signed a surrender of the owner to be issued a court summons, Wildoner said. The order will allow the dog to be adopted before the case is resolved, and the dog remained at the Teterboro shelter this week.
Connelly is due to be shown Sept. 20 in Bergen County Superior Court in Hackensack.