Dogs left tethered to tree in the woods rescued, now their owner is facing charges

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A New Jersey, woman is facing multiple charges for allegedly abandoning dogs in the woods in Galloway. According to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, 45-year-old Jodi Wozniak was the owner of the dogs, who were found tethered to trees, or held in kennels that did not have food or water.

The release from the prosecutor’s office details the situation:

On Thursday, September 16, 2021, ACPO Investigator Denise Manino received a telephone call from Galloway Twp. Officer David LaSassa, regarding five adult dogs of what appeared to be German Shepherd / Belgian Malinois breed that had appeared to be abandoned in the woods in the area of N. Pitney Road in Galloway. Officer LaSassa stated that some of the dogs were tethered to a tree and others were inside kennels with no food or water. The dogs— that were owned by Wozniak—had been left alone for at least 15 hours according to the owner of the property.

The rescued dogs were taken to the Atlantic County Animal Shelter and put on a protective hold because Wozniak initially refused to surrender them. Five days later, Sgt. Charles Champion of the Linwood Police Department, contacted ACPO Investigator Denise Manino to report that Wozniak had taken five shepherd mix puppies, sick with Parvo, to the Linwood Animal Hospital. Three of the puppies were so sick that they had to be euthanized. One pup was given back to Wozniak, and the other remained at the veterinary hospital for treatment.

Wozniak used a stolen credit card to pay for the veterinary bill. Further investigation revealed that Wozniak had brought an ailing puppy into Absecon Animal Hospital on August 28. She failed to pay for the bill from that veterinary visit, and subsequently abandoned the puppy.

Wozniak is facing a laundry list of charges for the incidents, including:

Absecon Police Department:
3RD degree Theft of services


Galloway Township Police Department:
4TH degree Cruelty to Animals- 5 COUNTS


Linwood Police:
Theft of Services
Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card
Cruelty to Animals- 2 COUNTS

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