A New Jersey Animal Control officer has been charged with 14 animal cruelty counts for reportedly using a knife to “euthanize by exsanguination” an injured fawn. Apparently, this is not an approved method in the State of New Jersey.
Animal Control Officer and Animal Cruelty Investigator, Vincent Ascolese, 48, of Edgewater was charged with 14 counts of animal cruelty by the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the group announced last week.
Ascolese is the director and supervising animal control officer for North Jersey Humane Society Shelter in Bloomfield, and the director at the Bergen County Protection and Rescue Shelter in Cliffside Park. Both shelters provide animal control services in multiple jurisdictions in Bergen and Essex Counties, the NJSPCA said.
Ascolese allegedly euthanized an injured fawn by method of exsanguination with a knife, by cutting the fawn’s throat. Exsanguination is not an approved method of euthanasia in the State of New Jersey, the NJSPCA said.
He was charged with “needlessly killing a living animal and “failure to provide necessary care” in addition to several counts of cruelty to animals at the North Jersey Humane Society Shelter in Bloomfield for allegedly failing to provide proper shelter, food and necessary care.
Why an animal control officer did not have a firearm handy is beyond me. Probably a New Jersey thing. However, exsanguination is a pretty common way to dispatch a farm animal, in fact I know that it is required for halal meat (Muslim) and I believe for kosher-prepared meat for Jews. In a production slaughterhouse setting, this is done after an electric charge stuns the animal.
Do you think that 14 charges is a bit of an over reaction? I have no problem with firing an officer who violates a law that they should have known. However, I think that 14 charges is an emotional response to a common act that offends the sensibilities of a soft, urban populace.