Howell woman apprehended in death of four puppies


A Howell woman has been apprehended after being charged with four counts of
animal cruelty in June, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.

Tricia Jaccoma, 24, was apprehended on Sept. 4 after being a fugitive for nearly three months, according to a press release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

In response to a request for additional information, a spokesman for the prosecutor said the location where Jaccoma was apprehended could not be provided to the public.

Jaccoma and Daniel McDonald, 25, were charged in June with four counts of third degree animal cruelty with respect to the deaths of four German shepherd puppies that were found deceased on a property in Howell where they were temporarily residing, according to the press release

In addition to the animal cruelty charges that were lodged against them for allegedly failing to provide the puppies with the necessary care, McDonald and Jaccoma were each charged with multiple counts of third degree receiving stolen property for being in possession of the stolen puppies from a farm in Somerset County, according to the press release.

The remains of two deceased German shepherd puppies were found in a fire pit on the
property in Howell on May 18, according to the press release.

The Howell Police Department and the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Law Enforcement Division, conducted an investigation which led to the discovery of the remains of two more deceased puppies which had been buried on the property.

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office thanked the U.S. Marshals New Jersey-New York
Regional Fugitive Task Force for their efforts in finding and apprehending Jaccoma.

McDonald’s charges remain pending and he has been detained at the Monmouth County
jail, Freehold Township, by state Superior Court Judge Paul X. Escandon since June 10, according to the press release.