By Associated Press
OCEAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Authorities have charged a New Jersey woman with animal cruelty after her dog hanged itself in her minivan while the family ate dinner at a Chinese restaurant.
Authorities say Isabella Rojas-Soriano of Perth Amboy tied the dog’s leash to a headrest before going inside the restaurant in Ocean Township Tuesday.
Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals chief Victor “Buddy” Amato told the Asbury Park Press ( http://bit.ly/nNdyuL) the Yorkie, “Scoobey,” apparently became excited during the family’s absence and wrap the leash around the headrest.
The family returned to the vehicle and found the dog dead.
Rojas-Soriano is charged with two counts of animal cruelty for leaving an animal unattended inside a vehicle and for carrying an animal in an inhumane way.