A Tuckerton woman who allegedly let her dogs live in deplorable conditions has been arrested and charged on eight counts of animal cruelty related offenses, according to the Ocean County Prosecutors Office.

Laura J. Giacini, 53, is charged with 8 counts of Cruelty to Animals/Failure to Provide Proper Care and one count of Contempt of a Court Order.

Her arrest stems from an investigation by Tuckerton PD Ptl. Bruce Evans designated the HLEO (Human Law Enforcement Officer), Tuckerton PD Det. Robert Grant and Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Off. Ron Braen.

The investigation began on July 12, after police received an email from a concerned citizen in reference to possible animal abuse/neglect.

They then located a trailer located at 313 South Green Street which contained 8 canines that were living in "unfit/neglectful conditions."

Giacini was identified as the owner of the canines and found to be subject to a Lakewood Municipal Court Order barring her from ownership of animals for 7 years.

The canines were removed from the property and placed in care of Ocean County Animal Facility located in Manahawkin.

Giacini was served her complaint summons and released to answer the charges on a future date to be set by the court.

The public is reminded that criminal charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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