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Case Postponed For Northvale Woman Charged With Leaving Dog To Die

A half-dozen attendees showed up seeking justice.
A half-dozen attendees showed up seeking justice. Photo Credit: Robike Noll-Faries for Daily Voice
Sully (COURTESY: Bergen County NJ Lost and Found Pets)
Sully (COURTESY: Bergen County NJ Lost and Found Pets) Photo Credit: COURTESY: Bergen County NJ Lost and Found Pets
Jennifer Caruso
Jennifer Caruso Photo Credit: FACEBOOK photo
442 Crest Dr., Northvale
442 Crest Dr., Northvale Photo Credit: Sean Morrison for Daily Voice

NORTHVALE, N.J. -- A judge in Hackensack on Tuesday postponed the case against a Norwood woman charged with leaving her dog alone to die after she moved out of her Northvale home to April 19.

A small crowd showed up at Central Municipal Court seeking justice for "Sully," who police said ate sofa cushions before dying.

Daily Voice broke the news on Friday that 36-year-old Jennifer Caruso -- formerly Jennifer Cook -- was charged with abandoning a domestic animal and failing to provide food, water, shelter and vet care.

Caruso left her ex-husband's Greater Swiss Mountain Dog behind after the two divorced and she moved to Norwood, authorities said.

Sully's corpse was found on Feb. 18 after police were called to a report of water coming from beneath a garage door and an alarm sounding inside the home at 442 Crest Drive.

They summoned firefighters to gain entry.

Sully "appeared to be left unattended for an extended period of time," Police Chief William Essmann said. "The conditions of the residence were deplorable and it appeared the dog may have eaten the cushions of a sofa in the absence of food."

A necropsy was conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Animal Cruelty Task Force, and the SPCA filed the charges.

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