ELIZABETH, NJ - Two Elizabeth residents have been charged with leaving an elderly and sickly dog chained up outside in unsanitary conditions without food or water, says acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan. 

Moris and Glady Gamez, 47 and 48 years of age, respectively, were both charged on Thursday with fourth-degree animal cruelty. 

Elizabeth Police officers Daniel Campos and Matthew Hockenbury responded to a report last week by a concerned citizen of a case of alleged animal neglect, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Patricia Cronin, who manages the humane animal treatment subsection of the Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Prosecutions Unit. At the home located on the 300 block of Magnolia Avenue, officers found the dog, a shepherd mix, suffering from severe matting and numerous insect bites, chained up in a small section of a rear yard that was covered in debris and animal waste, Cronin said. 

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The animal was surrendered to authorities and transported to the Elizabeth Animal Shelter for medical attention, through which it was determined that it is also suffering from cancer and arthritis. 

“There needs to be wider recognition that New Jersey’s animal cruelty laws are written with very little tolerance for the neglect of pets,” Cronin said. “Animal owners may not leave their pets outside to fend for themselves against the elements, and those who do so will be prosecuted.”

Anyone with information about these matters or similar incidents is urged to contact Cronin at 908-527-4169 or Detective Vito Colacitti at 908-527-4387. 

Convictions on fourth-degree crimes can be punishable by terms ranging from probation to 18 months in prison. 

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