- New Jersey, USA -
On March 3, 2023, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago announced that a Monmouth County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against 36-years-old NICHOLAS C. WINTER, of Asbury Park, accused of murdering his girlfriend’s dog.
According to a press release by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, on the early morning of Saturday, June 4, 2022, the Asbury Park Police Department responded to a residence on the 1400 block of Locust Drive after receiving a report from a female that her boyfriend had killed her dog, a 12-year-old male Poodle named Bentley.
Inside the home, responding officers found Bentley’s lifeless body.
At the time of the incident Acting Prosecutor Linskey said that after getting into an argument with his girlfriend, WINTER killed Bentley and abandoned the girlfriend’s other dog, a 14-year-old female Poodle named Sophia.
The girlfriend reported Sophia being missing but the furbaby was found in the area several hours later.
Detective Anthony Houlis of the Asbury Park Police Department and Lt. Michael Magliozzo of the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) led the investigation into the incident and learned that WINTER had earlier repeatedly texted his girlfriend, while she was at work, threatening the welfare of Bentley and Sophia.
A necropsy performed on Bentley revealed that the Voiceless Victim “died due to blunt-force trauma to the head, neck, and body that ultimately resulted in a fatal traumatic brain injury.”
Police arrested WINTER and charged him with third-degree Animal Cruelty Resulting in Death.
Back in June 2022, Acting Prosecutor Linskey said: “We take animal cruelty cases extremely seriously in Monmouth County. Taking the life of a defenseless animal as a means to emotionally traumatize its owner is reprehensible and tragic.”
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