Jersey couple left dog chained up in backyard after moving to Georgia, now facing charges

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ROSELLE PARK, NJ – A man and a woman who left New Jersey for Georgia last month left their beautiful young Husky carter tied up in their backyard, left to die.   Last week, the Union County Prosecutor’s office charged Curtis Swan, 27, and Aaleyah Clay, 29, of Sandy Springs, Georgia, are both charged with third-degree causing serious bodily injury to a domesticated animal via neglect, as well as the abandonment of a domesticated animal, a disorderly persons offense.  The dog suffered a severe neck wound, but is now recovering at the Associated Humane Society’s Popcorn Park shelter where he receives daily laser therapy treatments on his neck wound.  He is also on medications for pain and infection.

“He is recovering nicely and is a sweet, happy, friendly dog,” AHS said in a statement. “We are not at liberty to discuss anything further regarding Carter, as this case will remain under investigation. We will update again on Carter as the case moves forward.”

According to the Union County Prosecutor’s office, the couple are now animal cruelty charges for allegedly leaving their dog tied to a backyard fence for days after they moved out of state, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Roselle Police Chief Brian Barnes jointly announced.

On Friday, November 20, an Associated Humane Societies of New Jersey animal control officer was dispatched to a home on the 300 block of White Street regarding a welfare check for a possibly abandoned dog in need of medical attention, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Patricia Cronin, the Prosecutor’s Office’s designated animal cruelty liaison. There, it was learned that the dog, a young male Husky, had a severe, infected open wound encircling a large portion of his neck, a product of being tied to the backyard fence; the officer then reported the matter to the Roselle Police Department.

An investigation led by Roselle Detective Ivan Romero revealed that the dog’s owners, Swan and Clay, had moved to their new home in Georgia five days earlier, on Sunday, November 15, telling a neighbor that they would eventually return for the dog on an unspecified date.

The dog was taken to the Newark branch of Associated Humane Societies of New Jersey for medical treatment, after which he was transferred to an affiliated shelter in South Jersey for further recovery. Convictions on third-degree crimes can result in terms of 3 to 5 years in state prison.
Photo from AHS/PCP show before and after photos of the dog.