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Indictment: Brick Couple Left Dog to Die in 97 Degree Weather

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Jonathon Correa and Kiara Martinez (Photo: OCPO)
Jonathon Correa and Kiara Martinez (Photo: OCPO)

A Brick Township couple has been indicted by an Ocean County grand jury for allegedly leaving their dog outside their townhome on a 97-degree day in July, prosecutors said. The dog later died of heat stroke.

A grand jury handed up an indictment this week charging Jonathon Correa and Kiara Martinez, both of Brick, with third degree animal cruelty, according to¬†Bryan Huntenburg, spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

The indictment alleges that on or about July 1, 2018, Correa and Martinez left their dog, Princess, a 13-month-old pit bull, outside on their townhome balcony for hours, unattended, as temperatures reached upwards of ninety-seven degrees Fahrenheit. Several neighbors noticed Princess in distress and called Brick Township Police.

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Princess was transported to a veterinary emergency room but succumbed to complications from heat stroke, Huntenburg said.