NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A 32-year-old man has been arrested for leaving 12 French bulldog puppies in deplorable conditions in the storefront of a pet store in Sayreville.

Warren S. Smith, 32, of Morrisville, Pa., was arrested and charged today with 12 counts of animal cruelty in the fourth degree, one for each puppy, for allegedly failing to provide necessary care for the puppies, specifically, adequate food and/or water and/or veterinary care, according to a statement released by Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief John Zebrowski of the Sayreville Police Department.

An investigation by the Sayreville Police Department started on July 24, when police received a complaint of puppies barking at Pet Supplies Plus located at 120 Main St. in Sayreville.

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Smith was arrested following an investigation by the Sayreville Police Department, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Middlesex County Department of Health.

Police said Smith left 12 French bulldog puppies, ranging in age from 12 weeks to 3 years of age, in "deplorable conditions, without food and water, and with numerous health and hygiene issues."

Smith is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in North Brunswick pending his initial court appearance.

The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information should call Sgt. Mark Zambrzycki of the Sayreville Police Department at 732-727-4444, or Det. Jason Mendelson of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-745- 5948.