New Jersey Animal Control Officer Arrested, 37 Dogs Seized in Cruelty Case

A shocking case of animal cruelty has emerged in New Jersey, leading to the arrest of a 57-year-old animal control officer, Richard A. Dubarton III. Dubarton faces multiple charges after allegedly dumping a malnourished dog in a dumpster, leaving the helpless animal for dead.

Dubarton, who worked as an animal control officer in various New Jersey towns, including Irvington and Plainfield, also owned a kennel facility in Mahwah known as Aranwood Kennels. It was at this kennel facility where the disturbing incident unfolded.

According to reports, a client visiting Dubarton’s kennel facility made a horrifying discovery on February 19. The client found a Dutch Shepherd stuffed into a garbage bag inside a dumpster outside Dubarton’s facility. Despite being alerted by the client, Dubarton denied any involvement and claimed that someone else must have dumped the dog there.

Concerned about the dog’s welfare, the client contacted the Mahwah Police Department, who swiftly responded to the scene. Upon investigation, it was revealed that the dog had been surrendered to the Irvington Police by its previous owner, who then handed it over to Dubarton, given his role as the animal control officer for Irvington.

As a result of this alarming discovery, Dubarton was taken into custody by authorities. Additionally, 37 other dogs were seized from his Mahwah property by animal humane officers. The dogs were promptly examined by veterinarians and placed in the care of local dog rescues.

The Mahwah Police Department issued a statement confirming the actions taken, stating that all relevant jurisdictions where Dubarton was employed as an animal control officer had been informed of the incident.

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Dubarton is scheduled to appear in court on March 8 to face the charges against him. This case has sparked outrage and highlighted the importance of holding individuals accountable for acts of animal cruelty, emphasizing the need for stricter enforcement of animal welfare laws.

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