An Ocean County grand jury indicted Clifford Robins on Thursday charging him with animal cruelty in the death of his senior Labrador retriever named Mocha. According to the Asbury Park Press, Robbins, 75 was arrested, processed and released Friday morning.
On April 14, Robins is alleged to have sealed an animal crate with tape, placed his 14-year-old dog in it, and attached a hose to the exhaust pipe of his car. When the Toms River Police arrived and found the dog, they contacted the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for an investigation.
On May 7, the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office ordered a necropsy on Mocha's body, but there didn't seem to be much going on in the way of proceeding with criminal charges against Robins. For the next four months, animal advocates and dog lovers actively campaigned for justice for a dog who is believed to have suffered an egregious, and inhumane death locked in a carrier and gassed.
A Facebook page called Justice for Mocha made a significant impact on the investigation and Thursday's indictment. A photo of the crate used to kill Mocha highlights the page with the following explanation by the poster:
"Frank Stanek ... When you look at this picture you can just see the whole story. It's a story of a very sick man who in the last hour before Mocha died spent a lot of time to make sure his plan was full(sic) proof. This crate could have held water it was sealed so perfect. So the bottom line, I put this picture back up just because I think it's so important for people to see how horrible the crime truly is not to get people sick or disgusted..."
If found guilty, Robins faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $15,000 fine for third degree felony animal cruelty.
Rest in peace Mocha. Animals do need a voice.
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