A Bayonne man has been arrested in connection to an incident inside an apartment last month where a 10-year-old cocker spaniel named “Biggy” was badly beaten, police said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
John Cedano, 22, of Bayonne, was charged with two counts of animal cruelty in connection to the March 27th assault on the house pet, Police Lt. Eric Amato confirmed.
Amato also dispelled previous media reports that indicated the incident occurred during a burglary or ransacking of the apartment, given that it is the same apartment that Cedano lives in.
Iris Charles, the owner of the dog, did not reveal how she knew Cedano but said in a Facebook post minutes ago that she never believed he would’ve harmed Biggy.
“I’m Biggy’s owner. I would like to make it clear that at no point or time did I assume John hurt Biggy. As I stated to the officer’s, ‘He never gave me reason to believe that he would hurt Biggy’! He took care of Biggy & would walk him,” she wrote.
“FACTS: It’s unfortunate what happened to Biggy! QUESTION: What ever happened to innocent before proven guilty? I went public in hopes of finding who did this to Biggy NOT so one person be charged, blamed and made to be a monster without proving he did it.”
According to a GoFundMe page set up to offset the veterinary costs for Biggy, where his injuries are listed as a bruised eye, concussions, whip marks, cuts and ulcers, which have come out to $2,053 as of April 3rd.
That page also claims that three parties were responsible for the assault: one who entered the apartment and two who kept watch outside, based on security footage.
Anyone interested in helping the “goofy, lovable, friendly, playful dog” can also make a direct payment to the vet at the Bayonne Animal Clinic, located at 926 Broadway in Bayonne, and they can also be reached at 201-437-6666.