Animal-cruelty charges to be upgraded following death of ‘Grant’

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An emaciated shih tzu thrown from a car in Paterson on Saturday, Oct. 29 died Friday morning, Nov, 4, 2016. Grant had been being treated at the Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus. Photo: Frannie Laurita/Bergen-Ramapo Animal Shelter

A “person of interest” has been identified in the case of “Grant,” a severely emaciated dog thrown from a car in Paterson who died Friday despite efforts to bring him back to health by animal rescuers, a Passaic County SPCA official said.

In addition, at least one of the charges against the suspect or suspects will likely be upgraded to a so-called indictable, third-degree offense, which carries with it the possibility of up to a year in jail, said Sgt. Jesse Traynor, of the county’s SPCA law-enforcement division.

Animal-cruelty charges are increased “when the cruelty results in death,” Traynor

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The shih tzu was seen tossed from a car on Granite Avenue Saturday. The dog, who had a skeletal appearance and smelled of fecal matter and urine, weighed just six pounds, far below a healthy weight of about 20 pounds, shelter officials said.

Named Grant by volunteers at an animal shelter in Oakland, he was being treated for the effects of starvation by teams from the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge and Oradell Animal Hospital, including an inability to walk. He had been making progress before succumbing to the effects of his abuse, a refuge worker said Friday.

“This dog was a fighter to the very end — but ultimately, the consequences of the brutal abuse and suspected chronic neglect he suffered was too much for his little body to overcome,” Frannie D’Annunzio told NJ Advance Media.

Traynor said the specific charges were still being “squared away” but that they may be filed sometime early next week.

“The investigation is very active right now. There’s a good chance we could be filing charges Monday night,” he said.

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