HILLSBOROUGH TOWNSHIP, NJ (Somerset County) – A Somerset County R&B singer was jailed this week on animal cruelty charges in Hillsborough Township, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
Jaheim H. Hoagland, 44, of Hillsborough Township was charged with third-degree animal cruelty and disorderly persons offense failure to provide necessary care to an animal.
On Monday, September 6, at around 9:16 a.m., police responded to the area of River Road and Chamberlain Drive for a report of a puppy in distress. Upon canvassing the area, police located a total of six dogs in separate animal crates in the driveway of a Chamberlain Drive residence, Robertson said.
One of the dogs located was initially unresponsive in a water filled crate and subsequently had to be euthanized. Additional dogs were found inside of separate crates which were partially filled with several inches of water and dog feces, Robertson said.
Officers encountered the homeowner, who was identified as Hoagland, outside of the residence. He was arrest for an unrelated Somerset County violation of probation warrant, along with two active municipal court warrants from Hillsborough Township and Newark, Robertson said.
Police tended to the animals by providing them water and care while awaiting the response by Animal Control Officers from Animal Control Solutions. While caring for the dogs outside of the residence, Hillsborough Township Police heard dog sounds/barking coming from inside of the residence, Robertson said.
An additional nine dogs were located inside of the residence in varying stages of emaciation, without access to food and water. Two of the recovered dogs were transported to AnimERge veterinarian for emergency treatment due to their poor condition. Notification was made to the Somerset County Chief Humane Law Enforcement Officer from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office who responded to the scene, Robertson said.
According to Robertson, twelve mixed breed Pitbull Terriers, two American Staffordshire Terriers, and one mixed breed Boxer were recovered. One mixed breed Pitbull terrier was euthanized and the additional fourteen dogs were examined and released to Long Hill Kennel located in Hillsborough, Robertson said.
Hoagland was charged and then lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing, Robertson said.
The incident remains under investigation by the Hillsborough Township Police Department and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.
Anyone with information relating to this event to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Chief Humane Officer at 908-575-3353 or the Hillsborough Township Police Department at 908-369-4323 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.