An Ocean County woman has been indicted by a Grand Jury on animal cruelty charges.

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer says 30-year-old Allissa DeStefano of Toms River is facing three counts of animal cruelty after allegedly leaving dogs in an abandoned house in 2019.

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Authorities say on the evening of November 11, 2019, the Lacey Township Police Department responded to a home for the report of dogs that may have been abandoned. Officers were able to determine that the house was vacant and the remains of three dogs were found.

An investigation revealed that DeStefano was responsible for the care of the dogs and had abandoned them in the residence, which resulted in their death.

DeStefano was arrested without incident and released on a summons pending a future court date.

Authorities remind the public that charges are accusations and the accused is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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