County Woman Gets 60 Days For Animal Cruelty Ruling

Allison Konowitz. (Photo courtesy Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)
Allison Konowitz. (Photo courtesy Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)

TOMS RIVER – A Tuckerton woman who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges was sentenced to 60 days in Ocean County Jail.

Allison Konowitz, 36, will also be subject to 2 years’ probation and $1,225 restitution. She’s also prohibited from owning any animals, or working with animals.

She was sentenced Feb. 20 before Hon. Linda G. Baxter.

On Sept. 3, Tuckerton Police found several dogs running loose. The dogs appeared to be extremely malnourished and wounded. Police saw a nearby home with its front door unlocked, dogs coming and going freely. Police entered the home and found its conditions “to be deplorable,” Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer said.

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Police seized 16 dogs from the home, all of which were taken to the county’s animal shelter in Stafford. One puppy had to be euthanized.

The other 15 puppies have been adopted into suitable homes.