ANOTHER CVP SCOOP: With investigative and export reports still left to be submitted to the court, a judge in Hackensack today once again postponed a hearing for the owner and operator of a Newark non-profit animal rescue stemming from the discovery of two dead dogs and a half-dozen emaciated canines at her Dumont home.
Central Municipal Court Judge Louis Dinice warned that Gabrielle Ganter must attend the Aug. 11 proceeding or risk another arrest.
Information still must be gathered before then, court officials said.
Ganter remained free on $5,000 bail, posted a day after she turned herself in to Belleville police on an outstanding arrest warrant three weeks ago.
She’d chopped her hair, leaving bald spots in some places.
A judge issued a warrant for Ganter’s arrest 10 days earlier after she failed to show up for a hearing.
Ganter, 30, who operated Pit Bull Kisses Rescue out of Newark, previously requested an extension in writing from Dinice at the time so that she could hire an attorney, courthouse sources in Hackensack told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.
She then skipped court on June 30, and the judge issued the $5,000 bench warrant.
As CLIFFVIEW PILOT reported exclusively, Bergen County SPCA investigators early last month filed 26 charges of animal cruelty and neglect against Ganter following an investigation that included necroposies.
The complaints include not providing food, water, proper shelter or veterinary care under Title 4:22-17.
Police alerted SPCA investigators after finding the dead animals in plastic garbage bags in the house and the live dogs — as well as a starved cat — chained in the yard without proper shelter.
“They were were extremely thin,” one law enforcement official told CLIFFVIEW PILOT, adding that conditions inside the house were “horrid.”
Bergen County Animal Control removed the carcasses and live animals from the Brook Avenue residence on May 13. An investigation leading to the charges against Ganter followed.
The live dogs and cat continued to be held at the Bergen County Animal Shelter pending the closure of the case, after which authorities said there could be adoptions.
MUGSHOT: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF
PHOTO: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SPCA
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