A woman accused of abandoning her blind and deaf dog along a road said she planned to return, but authorities said they believe the woman deserted the animal because she could not pay for veterinary services.
Tania Connelly, 59, is charged with animal cruelty and was issued a summons to appear in court this month, a New Jersey chapter of the SPCA said. A motorist in traffic saw the dog being pushed out of a car on a road near Teterboro Airport last Saturday.
Connelly told NJ.com that she left her Boston terrier, Bruna, in a grassy area while she went shopping at a nearby Walmart store. “It was not my intention to abandon her. I swear to God,” she said. “I was going shopping and it was very hot. I didn’t want to leave her inside the car.”
Connelly is due to appear Sept. 20 in Bergen County Superior Court in Hackensack.