Shamong, NJ woman pleads guilty to death of several dogs in her care living in deplorable conditions
A Shamong woman has pleaded guilty to causing the death of six dogs being kept on her property, according to Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina.
It was a much more deplorable and unimaginable scene than perhaps anyone saw coming.
When New Jersey State Police responded to the Oakshade Road home of Donna Roberts, 68, with a search warrant in November of 2018 after authorities received reports of the conditions within the home, they found 44 dog carcasses in plastic bags which were being kept in freezers throughout the residence.
Police then found, overall, about 160 living dogs inside the residence, four of which were in critical condition and needed emergency veterinary care, while the other dogs were evaluated and treated right there.
All of the dogs were living in deplorable and inhumane conditions, Prosecutor Coffina said.
There were several agencies that then stepped up to assist with caring for the living dogs, many of whom were placed for adoption.
Donna Roberts, following her arrest and charges in 2018, has now pled guilty to one count of Cruelty to Animals (Third Degree), and under an agreement with the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, she'll serve 90 days in the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly and then serve five years of probation, during which time she cannot own, raise, or otherwise care for any animal.
She is being prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutors Rachel Conte and Nicole Handy.