Shelter Offers $1,000 Reward For Information On Abandoned Dog

This Siberian husky mix is very friendly. (Photo courtesy Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park Shelter)

BARNEGAT – The Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park Shelter is asking for the public’s help to find the individual who abandoned a dog in the woods.

  Animal Control called the AHS Popcorn Park facility on December 28 with concerns about an abounded dog in Barnegat.

  According to a press release that the AHS Popcorn Park Shelter published on the incident, ACO Maria Cymanski was dispatched to the scene, located near the area of 1450 West Bay Ave. where a young female Siberian husky mix was left in a crate in a wooded area near a gun club. 

  The dog was discovered by a man who saw the crate while leaving the club. When the man approached the crate, he found the dog had broken out of the crate, running around with the leash still attached. 

  The Barnegat Police Department and the Humane Law Enforcement Officer for Barnegat were alerted of the incident and afterwards, Cymanski brought the dog back to facility in Forked River.

  After an examination of the dog, AHS Popcorn Park Shelter found a pink collar but with no tags attached. They also found that she was not microchipped. The facility gave a medical checkup and provided all necessary vaccinations.  

  “We can’t imagine what goes through someone’s mind when they commit such an act of cruelty toward a helpless animal,” the AHS Popcorn Park Shelter wrote on Facebook. “How someone could lock this dog in a crate, leave her in a rural, wooded area, and turn their back on her and walk away is beyond us.”

  The shelter has named the dog Ginger, and stated how she is a sweet, friendly and happy dog who is full of energy.

  The AHS Popcorn Park Shelter is offering a $1,000 reward for any information that can lead to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for abandoning the dog.

  If anyone has any information, they ask for you to email the Barnegat Police department at If individuals would like to make a donation to the shelter, they can do so by visiting