Punish Man for Killing Dog With Car Exhaust Fumes


Target: Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato

Goal: Arrest, charge, and convict abusive dog owner for gassing his dog to death

On April 14th, a man from Toms River, New Jersey killed his dog, named Mocha, with car exhaust fumes. The Prosecutor’s Office of Ocean County is investigating the case after local authorities decided not to press charges. According to Toms River Assistant Attorney Anthony Merlino, the owner hooked a line from a car’s exhaust to a crate after having locked Mocha inside. There were several people who witnessed the horrific scene, including a female neighbor who pleaded with the owner to stop. The alleged reason behind this cruel act was for the owner to euthanize his dog. Makeshift carbon-monoxide chambers, such as Mocha’s crate and exhaust line, are said to be painful. The vital organs of dogs fail before they become unconscious, which leads to an incredible amount of pain.

Monmouth County SPCA Chief Law Enforcement Officer Victor Amato, who is not involved in this case, has said that it is illegal to euthanize animals using car exhaust. In Monmouth County, anyone who uses exhaust to kill an animal is charged with animal cruelty. Amato states that he had charged someone in Keansburg with animal cruelty for using car exhaust to kill a cat, and the person was ultimately convicted. If an animal does need to be euthanized, it should only be a last resort to spare the animal from further suffering. In general, euthanasia should be done humanely at a veterinary clinic.

Please sign this petition to demand justice for Mocha and to punish his cruel, abusive owner.


Dear Prosecutor Coronato,

It is incomprehensible to me that the owner of Mocha the dog, who was cruelly killed in a makeshift gas chamber, has not been convicted of his crimes yet. Animals deserve to be protected. By refusing to press charges against this man, you are supporting cruelty towards animals and encouraging more acts of abuse to occur in the future. Animals cannot defend themselves, so it is up to you  to enforce laws and punishments against acts of cruelty.

I urge you and law officials to stop turning your backs on cases like Mocha’s and start enforcing laws that carry felony charges for animal abuse. I ask for immediate action and attention to this case. Do not allow more dogs to endure the same fate as Mocha.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Douglas Rutherford says:

    Gas the scum and has for the people that walked on by without helping, shame on you all.

  2. Rosemary Anderson says:

    This is anobscenity. Oh grow some balls and arrest and prosecute this imbecilic moron before he does something worse. This man is guilty of animal abuse so charge him and prosecute and punish him for his crime. What is wrong with you all? He is vile abuser of animals and should never, ever be allowed to own or work with animals again. This is disgujsting.

  3. Nancy Chavez says:

    What the hell is wrong with people. The punishment needs to be harder/longer to send a message. Courts also need to recognize pets as part of families and God’s creations as we are. At this point in many instances they are only considered possessions making the punishment or fine much less. It’s as if they don’t really matter and they sure the hell DO.

  4. Chiley~♬ Chisato Jacobs says:

    I can sum up my feelings with three letters: w.t.f.

  5. susan butcher says:

    Cannot believe someone would do such a thing. Abusing your own dog by gas fumes to kill dog.MURDER!

  6. Frances Mackiewicz says:

    I live in a town next to Toms River, Ocean County,New Jersey.
    I heard of this case months ago and was told that neighbors did try to intervene and the owner of the dog was intimidating and had threathened them. So, this is what was told to me. I assure you that if this dog could of been saved by someone braver to not befall his threats, that dog would still be alive today. As an animal advocate, I would have done, as other advocates, whatever I could regardless.

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