Improve conditions at the Newark American Humane Society/Ban Trezza
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There have been a slew of violations against the Newark AHS, including animals kept in cramped enclosures without any exercise or light and animals being euthanized before being held the required seven days.
The problems at this so-called “house of horrors” date back much longer, to the 1980s, according to state investigators, and are part of a “maddening” culture there.
The images are heart breaking. Dogs and cats forced to lie in their own squalor.
Most are sick, some are on the verge of dying and a majority are neglected.
Dogs are locked away in a cellar. They rarely get exercise or have human contact, all while loud music and constant alarms sound off in the background.
Those are the claims being made by over a dozen former and current volunteers and workers at Associated Humane Societies in Newark – one of New Jersey’s largest and busiest animal shelters which services over a dozen municipalities in the state.
What’s even more disturbing – according to our sources - under the direction of Trezza, the shelter would regularly hold animals with compelling stories hostage until the not-for-profit would raise a certain amount of funds through donations.
One of those cases involved a pit bull nicknamed “Vinnie Van Gogh,” a bait dog that suffered a number of injuries. His story of survival went viral in 2014.
“They held that dog for months from being adopted,” an anonymous source said. “Just to keep the donations to keep coming in – there have been so many cases like that.”
For decades, AHS in Newark has become infamous within the animal welfare community.
People we spoke to for this report say the person at the center of the dysfunction is the shelter organization’s current Executive Director Roseann Trezza, who has served on the AHS Board of Trustees since the 1970s.
Former workers – some who did not want to be identified in fear of retaliation – described the culture within AHS as “maddening.”
According to inter-office emails provided to by PIX11, management appears to be aware of the dysfunction but doesn’t seem to care.
The executive director of a Newark shelter that has become infamous within the animal welfare community has been charged with animal cruelty.
The New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) announced charges against Roseann Trezza, executive director of Associated Humane Societies, for incidents at the Newark location.
The charges, which included eight criminal counts and eight civil counts of animal cruelty, were filed in Newark Municpal Court.
Trezza, 70, of Matawan, N.J., is being charged with failing to provide necessary care to multiple animals, with violations ranging from filthy water bowls to commingling sick and healthy animals.
These charges are the result of a multiple month, multiple visit inspection and joint efforts of the State Department of Health, Newark Department of Health and NJSPCA Humane Police.
Trezza was charged with 8 criminal counts and 8 civil counts of animal cruelty including failing to provide necessary care to multiple animals, with violations ranging from filthy water bowls to commingling sick and healthy animals.
Numerous animal cruelty allegations from former workers and volunteers at the AHS Newark facility.
How do you have someone running a facility that has no compassion whatsoever for animals?
“The animals that come to these places are at the mercy of these people,” former SPCA chief officer Stuart Goldman.
Despite a track record of violations and years of failed inspections, the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – the state’s law enforcement agency for animal cruelty – took no action against AHS.
The agency itself was the subject of a blistering report by the State Commission of Investigation, where it was dubbed "wolves in sheep's clothing" full of so-called "wannabe cops" who fail to investigate animal cruelty cases in a timely manner.
Trezza is not the right person for the job, she must step down!
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