Discipline Officer Accused of Abandoning Emaciated Dogs Left for Dead During Holiday

Target: Frank Rizzo, Chief of the SPCA Law Enforcement Division

Goal: Reprimand animal control officer who allegedly refused to take emaciated dogs left in apartment to die.

Two dogs and an emaciated puppy were reportedly abandoned inside of an apartment in central New Jersey, and were then left to die. An animal control officer refused to help and had to be threatened with criminal charges before responding, according to the chief of the SPCA’s law enforcement division. The officer’s reason for refusing these innocent animals help was because it was a holiday weekend and she said the town didn’t want the medical expenses of the puppy. The landlord who discovered the dogs says he couldn’t get the animal control officers or police to do anything. The puppy is now stable and receiving care and the other two dogs have been placed in a shelter, according to the SPCA staff.

A statement made by the SPCA said that as an animal control officer with a salary and benefits, the officer is mandated by state law to provide animal control services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These dogs had already been lucky that someone found them before they died, but it appears that the officer was going to refuse them their second chance at life.

This officer apparently failed to do her job and rescue these helpless, starving animals, and that’s unacceptable. Please sign the petition below to demand that this animal control officer be reprimanded.

The town’s mayor has denied the SPCA’s account of the events.


Dear Chief Rizzo,

Two dogs and a starved puppy were reportedly left to die alone in an apartment. When they were finally getting a chance to be rescued, as you’re aware, the animal control officer reportedly refused to help until she was threatened with criminal charges.

These helpless dogs were basically in a death trap where they would’ve died in agony from starvation. We’re appalled that an animal control officer would refuse them help. This is not the kind of behavior we expect to see from people who take on roles to help and protect innocent animals. We kindly urge you to see to it that this officer is appropriately reprimanded.


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Photo credit: SPCA

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  1. He should not have that job/position – He doesn’t know what he is doing – He has no compassion for animals – Seriously!

  2. Fire this employee and save the taxpayers and the animals future grief! This money is not coming from her pocket so not sure why she has the right to pass judgment and make decisions on behalf of her employer.

  3. Orna Zagiel says:

    Just plain FIRE HER…..No benefits either ….She has no right at this job…..

  4. HateAnimalAbusers says:


  5. What a disgusting bitch!

  6. Fire this PUKE! Should not even be a question

  7. Seems this POS officer as you call it does not like her job only in it for the paycheck. She’s animal abuser too. Who else could you call to help these dying animals for the authorities to show up and refuse to help. I think she needs. To find another job appears she is heartless no love for animals. I wouldn’t even let here answer the phone. Prob give the wrong location. Don’t deserve this job that was cruel ,Reason ,Holidays.! So emt shouldn’t respond. Drs shouldn’t help Police shouldn’t respond why. It was holiday weekend. STOP. ALREADY. Life first always This is sickening

  8. Many animal control officers are horrible, so abusive toward the animals that are without homes. They need to be checked on frequently by the community to see that abusive officers are removed as needed. Their work needs to be completely transparent to taxpayers so that our animals are being treated properly and well until homes are found for them.

  9. We demand that this Animal control officer be relieved from her duties and NEVER EVER BE ALLOWED TO WORK WITH ANIMALS! She is supposed to help animals in distress at all times under all circumstances!! It clearly shows that she does not have compassion for animals nor can she be trusted to save and look out for animals well being!

  10. Dear Chief Rizzo,
    I can’t understand how someone might recommend that that ‘animal control officer’ be only reprimanded — she should have been fired immediately and be told to look for a position in a different field as she was found unfit to deal with animals anymore.

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