A Staten Island man, who tormented and tortured his ex-girlfriend’s 15-pound dog, was sentenced to nearly a year in the Ocean County Jail, Toms River, New Jersey. Nicholas Piccolino had pleaded guilty to animal cruelty in May, and on Friday Superior Court Judge James M. Blaney sentenced Piccolino to 300 days in jail, probation for three years and barred him from owning any animals during that time. In addition, he was ordered to complete an anger management course, undergo a substance abuse evaluation and comply with all recommendations.
According to the Herald Courier, the small Bichon Frise named Booshu had become Meghan Nadeau’s dog after her mother died. The dog had been the love of her mom’s life, and the sweet animal fit right in as a sweet living memory of her mother. On August 19, after Meghan had left the dog with Piccolino that day in her Seaside Heights apartment, by the time she returned home, the dog was unconscious. Piccolino told her that 10-year-old Booshu had suffered a seizure and he had performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation. By the time, Booshu arrived at the veterinary hospital she was dead.
Piccolino had various versions of what happened to Booshu. A necrospy revealed the dog had died from multiple rib fractures, bruises all over her body and had missing and broken teeth. After the initial story of the dog suffering a seizure, came alternate claims of Piccolino accidentally dropping the dog, claims the dog bit him and that he threw her to the ground and her death in self defense.
The APP.com reports Heidi Tannenbaum-Newman, the assistant Ocean County prosecutor, stated a neighbor had heard the little dog “whimpering for her life.” Just before he was sentenced, Piccolino apologized to Meghan, and told the court how he was hoping to turn his life around. He also complained about the negative press coverage he had been receiving.
(Photos of Staten Island man sentenced via Justice for Booshu Facebook)
Rest in peace little one.
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