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Eatontown Mother, Son Face Animal Cruelty Charges After Pit Bulls Injured Fighting

By Christopher Sheldon

An Eatontown mother and her son are facing animal cruelty charges after their two pit bull mixes were injured during a fight.

Victoria Northfleet, 45, and Sadir Northfleet, 18, of Grant Avenue were charged on Thursday with failure to provide veterenarian care and failure to prevent their dogs from fighting with one another. 

Two two pit bull mixes were removed from the home along with a third dog, a jack russell terrier mix, was also removed from the house because of the poor condition of the pit bull mixes. All three dogs were turned over to the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MCSPCA).

Eatontown Police Detective Lawrence Tyler said Officer Michael Sullivan and Sgt. William B. Hyer of the MCSPCA went to house on Thursday to follow up on a call police had responded to on Wednesday for a report of a dog bite.

On Wednesday, the Eatontown Police found that Sadir and Victoria had been injured while attempting to break up a fight between their pit bull mixes. The residents had several lacerations on their hands, but refused treatment from the Eatontown First Aid Squad, Tyler said.

Tyler said the borough's animal control officer was notified after police responded and was forwarded a report.

Hyer found that one of the pit bull mixes was severely injured during his visit to the house on Thursday and took it to Red Bank Animal Hospital in Tinton Falls.

Tyler said the MCSPCA is handling the follow up investigation and thanked them for their help in the case.

"The MCSPCA is always willing to help out in animal cruelty investigations and we appreciate their assistance with this case," Tyler said in a release. 

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