Asbury Park, NJ man brutalized and killed girlfriend’s dogs, charges say
⚖️ Asbury Park man indicted in brutal assault that killed a puppy
⚖️ He had been accused of repeatedly texting his girlfriend he would harm her dogs
⚖️ One puppy who went missing was found, the other died
An Asbury Park man has been indicted by a Monmouth County grand jury on charges that he assaulted his girlfriend's poodle last year.
Nicholas C. Winter, 36, threatened the dogs in texts to his girlfriend.
On June 4, around 4 a.m., she called Asbury Park police to her Locust Drive home where she said her boyfriend had killed her 12-year-old dog Bentley.
Sophia, a 14-year-old dog was reported missing but was later found a few hours later.
Investigators learned from a necropsy that Bentley had died from a fatal traumatic brain injury from blunt force trauma to the head, neck, and body.
Winter was arrested in June and faces a charge of third-degree animal cruelty resulting indDeath.
If convicted, Winter may face up to five years in prison.