Tinton Falls Man Accused of Torturing Dogs
A Tinton Falls 41-year-old faces eight animal-cruelty charges, accused of duct-taping the snouts of two dogs and punching a puppy in the head.
Joseph Valentino could be fined up to $1,000 for each charge in which he's found guilty and also risks up to six months behind bars, according to Monmouth SPCA Chief Humane Law Enforcement Officer Victor "Buddy" Amato.
Investigators believe that the canines were abused between September 2012 and February 2013.
Valentino is accused of wrapping the muzzle of a year-old Bull Mastiff called Stitches with duct tape and using a power tool to trim its claws, and for binding the snout of a Bull Mastiff called Addie with duct tape as well.
He's also suspected of choking Stitches until its tongue turned blue and leaving it in enough terror that it defecated on itself.
Authorities also allege that Valentino pulled a Bull Mastiff pup called Manga by the tail and punching it the head.