Tyshon Taylor, 19, of Asbury Park, N.J. pleaded guilty on Wednesday to two criminal animal cruelty charges for failing to provide proper sustenance and proper vet care for the seven-month old puppy named "Heaven" whose tragic story of being starved and tied in the basement garnered national attention reported NJ.com.
In a plea agreement with the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, nine-months in jail suspended to 90 days in jail, will be recommended to Judge Daniel DiBenedetto for the January sentencing. Taylor will also be required to serve 30 days of community service, two years of probation, and will have a lifetime ban against ever owning or caring for another animal.
Taylor's mother, Amanda Boyd, 34, and his grandmother, Norma Manuel, 51, pleaded guilty to two civil charges of animal cruelty and can expect to be sentenced to $500 fines each, 60 hours of community service, and both will have a lifetime ban against ever caring or owning another animal.
Monmouth County SPCA Chief Victor "Buddy" Amato is pleased with the outcome of the case. The young dog, Heaven, continues to thrive under the care of Shrewsbury Animal Hospital in Tinton Falls where she was near death on Nov. 13 when she arrived. At the time the pit bull was extremely emaciated and infected with a skin disease. Burns and sores covered her body.
It was unknown at the time if Heaven was even going to survive.
According to Chief Amato, the sentencing of the three owners of Heaven is a warning to anyone else who abuses animals in New Jersey:
“It sends a clear message to other people that judges are handing out jail sentences now. They can’t even go to the boardwalk and win a goldfish now.”
Since her terrible ordeal, Heaven has gained 20 pounds and acts like a young, curious, and energetic puppy. The Facebook page, Sammy the Cocker Spaniel, states Heaven will be heading home with veterinary tech Christine Jeffery for the holidays.
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