A Princeton Township man faces six counts of animal cruelty after a dog in his care died, according to press reports.
NJ.com reports that Tracy Stanton of Lawrence left her German Shepherd-mix dog Shyanne with Michael Rosenberg, 30 of Princeton on Aug. 26 after a friend recommended Rosenberg as a dog trainer.
Two days later, Rosenberg called Stanton and suggested the dog needed vet attention, but didn’t offer details, the newspaper reported. After Stanton made the appointment, she called Rosenberg back and he told her to pick up the dog immediately. Fifteen minutes later, Stanton’s boyfriend arrived and found Shyanne unresponsive but still breathing on Rosenberg’s front porch.
The dog died before arriving at the emergency vet hospital, according to NJ.com.
Results showed that Shyanne had four broken ribs and a punctured lung resulting from a blunt-force trauma.
Princeton Animal Control Officer Mark Johnson told The Princeton Packet this is the first cruelty case he’s seen in Princeton in which an animal was killed. He said a second animal cruelty case is pending against Rosenberg, also involving a dog.
Rosenberg is listed on the New Jersey State police website as a tier 2 Mega’s Law offender. The website states that Rosenberg had consensual sex with a juvenile female acquaintance. The date of disposition was Nov. 9, 2011.