Animal Control Officer Don Montgomery/Jack Fichter
ERMA — Geresa Vaccaro, of North Cape May, was found guilty of abandonment and failure to provide food and water for her dog and cat in Lower Township Municipal Court Jan. 6.
According to Lower Township Animal Control Officer Don Montgomery, Vaccarro left a dog and a cat in her house for one week with no food or water. She told Judge David DeWeese she left her house to care for her sick mother.
Vaccaro was fined $4,567, must reimburse the county Animal Shelter $1,506 for the expense of boarding her dog and cat and pay veterinarian bills of $366 and undertake two days of community service
Vaccaro was ordered to surrender both the dog and cat, which are residing at the county animal shelter.