NORTHVALE, N.J. -- An investigation was continuing into the discovery of a dead dog in a vacant Northvale home, borough police said Monday.
(Meanwhile, a memorial service was held outside the house Monday night: Honoring Sully: Memorial Vigil Held For Northvale Dog Found Dead .)
Authorities found the dog after responding to a report of water coming from beneath a garage door and an alarm sounding inside the home at 442 Crest Drive around 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Police Chief William Essmann said.
Borough police called firefighters to gain entry, he said.
The large, emaciated dog "appeared to be left unattended for an extended period of time," 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."
The dog "appeared to be from the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog family," he said.
The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Animal Cruelty Task Force was investigating. A necropsy was conducted by a vet at the Bergen County Animal Shelter.
The site at 442 Crest Drive is the former home of Dustin and Jennifer Cook, who, friends said, have been divorced nearly a year and a half.
Northvale police seized dozens of guns, knives and ammunition magazines from Dustin Cook, 36, during a January restraining order search of his White Avenue residence last month ( SEE: Northvale Police Seize Guns, Knives, Ammo In Restraining Order Search ).