According to Friday's CBS Philadelphia news, a 75-year-old Toms River, N.J., man who allegedly killed his dog with car exhaust, has been arrested.
Clifford Robbins is accused of placing his senior dog, "Mocha," into a travel carrier and killing him by connecting his car's exhaust to the crate with a hose; the carrier was sealed and when the authorities arrived to investigate back in early April, they found the dog dead inside.
According to NBC New York, Robbins is facing a charge of third-degree cruelty to animals for allegedly utilizing the car exhaust to kill the 14-year-old Labrador retriever mix.
Officials in Toms River Township initially found no wrong-doing on the part of the dog's owner and the man did not face charges because of that initial belief that they were not warranted in this particular case. Not long after the dog's death, the New Jersey Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals brought the case to the attention of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office to see if charges were indeed warranted.
Following the request, a necropsy on Mocha's body was ordered by the prosecutor’s office, and this month, a grand jury chose to indict Robbins.
Shortly after the dog was killed, Monmouth County SPCA Chief Law Enforcement Officer Victor “Buddy” Amato spoke out about the manner that Mocha was killed and noted that it was "totally against the law" to use car exhaust to kill a pet.
On Thursday morning, Robbins was arrested, processed and released; he did not enter a plea. If Robbins is convicted of the charge, he could face fines and years in prison.
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