A West New York man was arrested last night for beating his dog with a golf club, town officials confirmed this afternoon. The dog, which was treated at the Oradell Animal Hospital, is reportedly in stable condition.
Robert Anthony, 47, of West New York, was charged with animal cruelty and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes last night, Police Director Robert Antolos told Hudson County View.
Gabriel Rodriguez, the town commissioner of the Department of Public Works – the department which oversees animal cruelty issues – explained the particulars in an interview this afternoon.
“What happened was a call was put into the police department for a dog bite [incident] around 6:30 [p.m.], where two officers responded,” Rodriguez began.
“After the officers arrived, they determined it may have been more than a dog bite and called our animal cruelty officer, our main officer, Geoff Santini, to come and survey the situation. After Mr. Santini arrived, he had determined that the dog had been beaten and in fact it was an animal cruelty situation, if you will.”
Rodriguez further stated that Santini alleges Anthony beat the dog with a golf club, prompting immediate medical care at the Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus. As of today, he said that the animal appears to be “in good shape” and is recovering nicely.
The commissioner added that the man’s motives for attacking the dog were unclear as of now and that the West New York has a zero tolerance policy in animal cruelty. He also urged pet owners to register their animals and get their shots, since Anthony did not do either.
The dog, which is a Jack Russel Terrier mix, will remain in foster care after he is fully recovered.
Mayor Felix Roque echoed Rodriguez’s sentiment about the town having no tolerance for animal cruelty, suggesting that anyone looking to get rid of their pet can drop the animal off at Town Hall.
“I just want to say: I’m very thankful for my Commissioner Rodriguez, Mr. Santini, animal control officer, and my [Police] Director, Antolos and in this Town of West New York we have a zero tolerance for anybody that abuses pets. We will go after them. So please don’t,” Roque said.
“If you wanted to get rid of your pet, feel free to drop them off at Town Hall and we’ll be able to help you out with that.”