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  • Writer's pictureThe Hammonton Gazette

Cops save drugged dog

Two arrested

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HAMMONTON—According to Hammonton Police Chief Kevin Friel, two people were arrested after police were dispatched to answer an animal complaint that was made at 10:22 p.m. on November 16 on the prime block of the White Horse Pike (Route 30).


“Police were dispatched to a retail establishment on the White Horse Pike in reference to a canine having a medical emergency. Upon arrival, police found a nine-week-old puppy wrapped in a blanket being held in the arms of an employee of the store,” Friel said.


The owners of the dog were standing nearby, Friel said, and one was holding another dog.


“The puppy [in the arms of the employee] appeared to have difficulty breathing and was unconscious,” Friel said.


The owners were identified as Clint Danks, 58, of Hammonton and Kristina Myers, 36, of Hammonton, Friel said.


Myers stated that one of her friends may have had a controlled dangerous substance in her hands as the dog was licking her, Friel said.


“The dog’s pupils were pinpoint and naloxnone was administered to the dog,” Friel said.

Officer Kyle Ambrozaitis provided rescue breaths to the dog, and the puppy regained consciousness after several moments, Friel said.


Both Danks and Myers were placed under arrest for a charge of animal cruelty, Friel said.

Danks was found to be in possession of three small orange plastic vials filled with a white crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine, Friel said.


Friel said the canines were seized as per the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and turned over to the Atlantic County Animal Control.


Danks was charged with possession of cds methamphetamine and cruelty to animals, Friel said. Myers was charged with cruelty to animals, Friel said. Both subjects were released pending a court appearance in Atlantic County Superior Court, Friel said.


Friel said Officer Matthew Heiser was the investigating and arresting officer.


This report is comprised of arrests and investigations made by the men and women of local enforcement. All suspects and arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.




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