Pennsylvania man charged with 12 counts of animal cruelty at pet shop in Sayreville


A man from Pennsylvania has been charged with animal cruelty at a pet shop in Sayreville.

Warren S. Smith, 32, of Morrisville, Pennsylvania, was charged on Aug. 2 with 12 counts of animal cruelty in the fourth degree – one for each puppy – for failing to provide necessary care as the owner charged with the care of the animals specifically, adequate food and/or water and/or veterinary care, according to information provided by Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief John Zebrowski of the Sayreville Police Department.


An investigation by the Sayreville Police Department was initiated on July 24 when a complaint was received of puppies barking at Pet Supplies Plus, located at 120 Main St., in Sayreville, according to the statement.


Smith was charged following an investigation by members of the Sayreville Police Department, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Middlesex County Department of Health.


The investigation determined that Smith allegedly left 12 French bulldog puppies, ranging in age from 12 weeks to 3 years of age, in deplorable conditions, without food and water, and with numerous health and hygiene issues at Pet Supplies Plus, according to the statement.


He is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in North Brunswick pending his initial court appearance.


Anyone with information should call Sgt. Mark Zambrzycki of the Sayreville Police Department at 732-727-4444, or Detective Jason Mendelson of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-745- 5948.