Punish Officer for Allegedly Refusing to Help Emaciated Dogs Left for Dead

Target: Frank Rizzo, Chief of the SPCA Law Enforcement Division

Goal: Reprimand animal control officer who allegedly refused to take emaciated dogs left in apartment to die.

Two dogs and an emaciated puppy were reportedly abandoned inside of an apartment in central New Jersey, and were then left to die. An animal control officer refused to help and had to be threatened with criminal charges before responding, according to the chief of the SPCA’s law enforcement division. The officer’s reason for refusing these innocent animals help was because it was a holiday weekend and she said the town didn’t want the medical expenses of the puppy. The landlord who discovered the dogs says he couldn’t get the animal control officers or police to do anything. The puppy is now stable and receiving care and the other two dogs have been placed in a shelter, according to the SPCA staff.

A statement made by the SPCA said that as an animal control officer with a salary and benefits, the officer is mandated by state law to provide animal control services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These dogs had already been lucky that someone found them before they died, but it appears that the officer was going to refuse them their second chance at life.

This officer apparently failed to do her job and rescue these helpless, starving animals, and that’s unacceptable. Please sign the petition below to demand that this animal control officer be reprimanded.

The town’s mayor has denied the SPCA’s account of the events.


Dear Chief Rizzo,

Two dogs and a starved puppy were reportedly left to die alone in an apartment. When they were finally getting a chance to be rescued, as you’re aware, the animal control officer reportedly refused to help until she was threatened with criminal charges.

These helpless dogs were basically in a death trap where they would’ve died in agony from starvation. We’re appalled that an animal control officer would refuse them help. This is not the kind of behavior we expect to see from people who take on roles to help and protect innocent animals. We kindly urge you to see to it that this officer is appropriately reprimanded.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: SPCA

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  1. Anne Moeller says:

    A person like this who is more concerned with money and NOT the welfare of innocent animals should be FIRED!! With OUT pay. Anne Moeller

  2. What a vile git this animal control officer is. He should be sacked at the very least but should also be prosecuted because in failoing to help these poor animals he contributed to their abuse. Shame on all involved.

  3. What the hell is she doing working in a job like that,if she doesn’t give a toss about the animals!

  4. Aside from agreeing with the above posts, I’d like to know WHERE this happened….often a problem with Force Change petitions…..a town or county may be mentioned, but means nothing to most of us……please give us more information!!!

  5. Caryl Sawyer says:

    Same thing happened in Illinois several years ago, but not with an eventual rescue.

    Lazy bureaucrats are everywhere.

  6. Cynthia Gannon says:

    What a disgusting lazy moron. What is she even doing being responsible for animals. They should terminate her and she could go work at a fast food store where you are paid as you earn. Lack of compassion not acceptable.

  7. This vile animal abusing,fat,ugly.lazy bitch needs to be fired.Better still I would love to hear of this bitchs death!!!!

  8. This person really needs to work elsewhere, looking out for animals welfare is not for her.

  9. make sure this evil person is given the sack, and them hope he suffers.

  10. KatWrangler says:

    I was an apartment manager for a year in Upstate NY. Getting ANYONE to help abandoned dogs was like pulling teeth. Forget cats – they didn’t count AT ALL. ACO didn’t want to hear about them.

    I had to get the left-behind animals help by myself. I thank Goodness I was able to connect to the right people, and got everyone re-homed. NO thanks to The Authorities. Two dogs, three cats. All separate incidents. Beyond sad.

    This ACO needs to be putout to pasture permanently. AND when the Animal Abuse Registry is created, be put on in the POS category.

  11. What??? This officer is paid to protect and save animals and if it was holiday or what ever she must do her job or …………..quit and go else where and that is what she should do as she is not doing her job. In fact maybe she should be fired because who knows what else she hasn’t done and no one knew about it???

    I hope the animals get new loving wonderful homes because they deserve it and those that left them to die must be caught and severely punished.


  13. Chief RIZZO, unacceptable! Taxpayers are becoming more than angry, taxpayers are furious at the system that employs and protects these inept workers!!

  14. This person should not be involved with animals at all, demote this ineffectual officer to street sweeper! She has no business being an animal control officer.

  15. Nona VanDamme says:

    the town is not mentioned but it seems to have happened in NJ. The NJSPCA says it won’t say which town the rescue occurred in, however, because the municipal Animal Control Officer there refused to help.

    January 1, 2017 / The Patch / By Carly Baldwin (Patch Staff)

    On New Year’s Eve, the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) received an urgent call from a Central New Jersey landlord, who said he found three dogs, one of which was a puppy, starving and abandoned in an apartment. The puppy is pictured above, in a photo provided by the NJSPCA.

    The rescue agency won’t say which town the rescue occurred in, however, because the municipal Animal Control Officer (ACO) there refused to help, the SPCA says.

    “To our dismay, the Animal Control Officer responded that, ‘they were closed for the holiday, had no room at the shelter and did not want to pay the medical and care costs for the animal,'” said Frank Rizzo, Chief of the NJSPCA Law Enforcement Division.

    “We are not naming the town or the Animal Control Officer,” NJSPCA spokesman Matt Stanton told Patch when pressed for details. “We have to work with this town and ACO again and aren’t looking to throw anyone under the bus. But we expect people to do the job they’re paid to do.”

    The town is not in Middlesex County, he added.

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