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2 charged in Hunterdon County animal cruelty investigation

KINGWOOD TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – Two people have been charged after a joint animal cruelty investigation in Hunterdon County, according to Acting Hunterdon County Prosecutor Michael J. Williams.

Martin Strozeski, 66, and Marcia Knoster, 70, both of Stockton, have been charged with third-degree failing to provide necessary care to 22 dogs, thereby resulting in their death; fourth-degree failing to provide necessary care to 188 dogs, resulting in bodily injury; and failing to provide necessary care to 188 dogs.

A search of the home and other buildings located on the property in Kingwood Township on June 11 uncovered over 188 dogs believed to be neglected. In addition, another 30 dogs were previously surrendered by the home owners. The dogs were removed from the residence by St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center and the Monmouth County SPCA, Williams said.

Acting Prosecutor Williams added, “I would like to thank St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center and Monmouth County SPCA for their hard work and assistance in this matter. I would also like to thank the members of the New Jersey State Police, Kingwood Township Rescue Squad, Hunterdon County OEM, Hunterdon County Health Department, and Adult Protective Services for their assistance in the animal rescue.”

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Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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