Pit Bull Shot During Drug Investigation Was Euthanized
Dog initially survived gunshot wounds, but injuries too severe, officials say
A pit bull that was shot last week in Manasquan by a county law enforcement agent during an investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office Narcotics Strike Force that resulted in the arrests of four locals, two of which were charged with marijuana distribution, was euthanized Wednesday, officials said.
During the investigation of a Brielle Road residence, the pit bull was shot to protect the safety of the county law enforcement officers, First Assistant Prosector Chris Gramiccioni said.
While the dog survived the gunshot wounds to its face and side, the severity of the injuries forced officials from the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to euthanize the dog Wednesday night, MCSPCA Chief Law Enforcement Officer Victor "Buddy" Amato said.
Gramiccioni said the county was not releasing the name of the officer who fired the shots pending an internal investigation.
John D. Cameron, 23, and Andrew S. Kelly, 25, both of the same Brielle Road address were arrested last week and each charged with alleged possession of over 100 grams -- close to a quarter pound -- of marijuana with intent to distribute, according to Gramiccioni.
Two others -- Justin West, 23, of Brielle Road, and Zachery Groezinger, 22, of Brielle -- were arrested and charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, Gramiccioni said. Both were released with summonses, he said.
Cameron and Kelly remain in county jail in lieu of $30,000 and $20,000 in bail, respectively, with no 10 percent option, Gramiccioni said.
Manasquan Police played a supporting role in the investigation, which is being led by the county's Narcotics Strike Force, officials said.