Charges could be filed against the snake's owner for failure to provide adequate shelter.
Middletown Township Animal Control removed a dead python from a house on George Street, in the township's River Plaza section on Thursday. The incident is currently under investigation by MCSPCA Chief Buddy Amato. He said the pet snake was housed in a wooden crate outfitted with a heat lamp. But the gas and electric have been shut off, and the very cold temperatures in recent days likely killed the reptile, Amato said. Pythons are accustomed to a tropical climate, he explained. Amato has the names of two young men — "persons of interest," he said — who were recently living in the house. The mother of one of them was contacted by the MCSPCA. She said the snake belonged to her son, Amato said. Investigators are looking for a dog and cat …
Jack, a Labrador-mix puppy, had allegedly been thrown from a bridge on the Henry Hudson trail
- POLICE & FIRE
Monday, April 11, 2011
A Belford man allegedly threw a Holmdel woman’s puppy over a bridge on the Henry Hudson trail on Sunday morning. He then drove to her home in the Orchards townhouse development, off Laurel Avenue, Holmdel, and got involved in a minor fight with the woman’s friend, according to police. William Deppisch, 23, of 323 Campbell Ave., Belford, was arrested and charged by Holmdel Police with disorderly conduct and harassment. Deppisch was also issued three summonses for animal cruelty by Monmouth County SPCA Chief of Police Victor “Buddy” Amato. Deppisch was transported to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, where he was held until a $2,500 bail was posted and he was released, according to Holmdel Police Sgt. Vincent Imperato. The other …