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Owner faces jail for abuse of neglected pit bull kept in NJ family's basement

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1/14/14: Heaven's abusers appeared in court for sentencing. Read update here.

Heaven's owner, Tyshon Taylor; his mother, Amanda Boyd; and his grandmother, Norma Manuel, appeared in Asbury Park Municipal Courthouse today before Municipal Court Judge Daniel Di Benedetto.

Heaven, a pit bull puppy, was kept tethered to a pole in their New Jersey home's basement neglected without food and water.

She was brought to Shrewsbury Animal Hospital in Tinton Falls by Manuel on November 13, emaciated, dehydrated, suffering from skin infections and burns from laying in her own urine, and unable to stand.

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Nineteen-year-old Taylor now faces 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to two criminal charges: failure to provide sustenance and veterinary care for Heaven. In addition he will be placed on probation for two years and perform 30 hours community service. If he violates the terms of the plea agreement, he will face serving the suspended 9 months of his one-year jail term, and an additional 6 months in jail for contempt of court.

Boyd and Manuel both pleaded guilty to civil charges and each face fines of $500 for failure to provide sustenance and veterinary care, and must perform 60 hours of community service. The abuse had taken place in their home.

All three have been permanently banned from ever owning another animal and are scheduled to be sentenced by DiBenedetto on Jan. 14.

Victor “Buddy” Amato, chief law enforcement officer for the Monmouth County SPCA, is happy with the outcome.

“This will send a message to other people that judges are handing out jail sentences." ~ Amato

Now in the care of Shrewsbury Animal Hospital, Heaven is recovering well from her abuse, and although her past was one that no animal should endure, she has the promise of the wonderful future she deserves.

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