WEST AMWELL TWP. — A West Amwell man, whose dog died immediately after he allegedly dragged it three.5 miles with his truck on April 4, has been billed with failing to report an wounded dog in a motor auto accident.
Todd Kuhl, 49, is scheduled to appear in West Amwell Municipal Courtroom on July twelve on the disorderly particular person charge, according to a assertion issued Monday by the New Jersey Modern society for the Avoidance of Cruelty to Animals. The NJSPCA filed the charge that carries a most penalty of a $one,000 wonderful.
Kuhl, in a telephone interview Monday, claimed he intends to plead responsible to the charge.
“I built a awful slip-up and I will have to dwell with it for the relaxation of my lifetime,” he claimed.
Even so, Kuhl added, “It is my have dog” and he didn’t understand he was lawfully demanded to report the incident to authorities.
The incident has turn into an difficulty for some animal handle advocates and residents in West Amwell and East Amwell townships, who come to feel the dragging of the beagle mix named Cookie was not investigated appropriately and Kuhl need to probably confront more significant charges.
A team calling itself “Justice for Cookie” is scheduling to attend the West Amwell Township Committee assembly on Wednesday at 7:thirty p.m. to press its considerations.
West Amwell Law enforcement and the NJSPCA have claimed the incident was an accident due to the fact Kuhl didn’t know that Cookie was tied to his truck.
But Carolyn Murphy, who resigned as animal handle officer for West Amwell and Lambertville in May, charging the incident was not appropriately investigated, claimed in an interview Monday that Kuhl had admitted tying to the dog to the truck, but claimed he “forgot” he had finished that when he drove his daughter to a cheerleading occasion.
Kuhl acknowledged telling Murphy he forgot that he had tied the dog to the truck. Even so, he claimed allegations that he had formerly mistreated the dog have been “untrue.”
In a assertion issued Monday, Frank Rizzo, chief of the NJSPCA Regulation Enforcement Division, claimed the investigation was originally referred to Murphy, who was hired as an animal handle officer less than a joint companies arrangement by Lambertville and West Amwell.
Even so, charges have been not issued due to the fact even even though Murphy had received a legitimate animal cruelty investigator certification, she was hardly ever formally appointed by possibly Lambertville or West Amwell to deal with animal cruelty investigations, Rizzo claimed. Then the investigation was turned over to the NJSPCA.
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“More investigation concluded that the April 4 incident of the dog dragged with its leash hooked up to the trailer hitch on the bumper for three.5 miles was in reality a tragic accident,” Rizzo claimed. “Nevertheless, Todd Kuhl, the dog’s owner and the motorist, did fail to report the incident to the NJSPCA or area law enforcement as demanded.”
Matt Stanton, a spokesman for the NJSPCA, claimed the incident was “just a stupid slip-up.” Despite the fact that the route together Route 179 in West and East Amwell, ending at Dave’s Sunoco, was originally reported as 5 miles, the NJSPCA surveyed the space and identified it was three.5 miles.
Stressing that the dragging was accidental, Stanton pointed out that Kuhl lives just two blocks away from the law enforcement station in West Amwell, and a law enforcement surveillance video showed Kuhl dragging the dog earlier the law enforcement station.
“If you happen to be going to kill a dog, you would not drag it earlier the law enforcement station,” Stanton claimed.
Officials realized of the incident immediately after various space residents placed “multiple phone calls” to area law enforcement, point out law enforcement and the NJSPCA, reporting they had found the truck dragging the dog and blood together the street, Stanton claimed.
Kuhl sooner or later understood he was dragging the dog, and he pulled into the gas station, Stanton claimed.
Panicking, Kuhl “place the dog in the back of his truck and went home,” Stanton claimed. “He hardly ever named the law enforcement.”
Murphy claimed she performed a “full investigation” of the incident, but the NJSPCA hardly ever asked her for her info.
She claimed she and law enforcement spoke to Kuhl at his home immediately after the incident. The dog “was even now in the back of the truck, in a bag,” Murphy claimed.
Prior to the April 4 incident, two neighbors had reported that Kuhl was mistreating Cookie, Murphy claimed. The neighbors claimed Kuhl frequently stored the dog tied up outdoors the dwelling for lots of several hours, unsuccessful to give it food and drinking water when it was very hot, and unsuccessful to bring it within the dwelling when there was a storm. Other periods, the dog was permitted to run unfastened in the community, she claimed.
Denying individuals allegations, Kuhl pointed out that law enforcement and the NJSPCA investigated the incident and selected to charge him only with failing to report the accident, a charge he accepts.
In an interview, Murphy claimed there have been “inconsistencies” in Kuhl’s statements.
Kuhl instructed law enforcement he had planned to just take a automobile, but could not due to the fact it was out of gas, so he took the truck in its place. Because he essential to generate his younger daughter to a cheerleading competitiveness, he claimed he was in a hurry and didn’t remember the dog was tied to the truck, Murphy claimed.
Even so, Murphy added, she spoke to the daughter and the daughter claimed the occasion was a exercise, not a competitiveness.
Asked about the cheerleading occasion, Kuhl claimed that was only component of the trouble.
“I had a whole lot of tasks going on that day,” he claimed.
Murphy claimed she agreed with the NJSPCA’s final decision to charge Kuhl with failing to report an wounded dog in a motor auto accident. Even so, she reiterated that the incident need to have been investigated more extensively “to decide appropriate charges.”
“There was a pattern of neglect,” she claimed.