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NJ Man Sentenced in Death of Dog Left Out in Sweltering Heat

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  • The owner of a dog that died after it was left outside in sweltering temperatures for several hours will have to serve a county jail sentence and a probation term
  • Jonathon Correa, 31, was also ordered Friday to 270 days in the Ocean County Jail
  • Correa must also perform 180 hours of community service and pay $1,735 restitution to Brick Township for veterinary bills it incurred

The owner of a dog that died after it was left outside in sweltering temperatures for several hours will have to serve a county jail sentence and a probation term.

Jonathon Correa, 31, was also ordered Friday to 270 days in the Ocean County Jail as a condition of four years of supervised probation as the result of a plea of guilty, prosecutors said.

Correa must also perform 180 hours of community service and pay $1,735 restitution to Brick Township for veterinary bills it incurred.

Correa had pleaded guilty last September to animal cruelty charges stemming from the July 2018 death of Princess, a 13-month-old pit bull.

The dog was left unattended on the balcony of Correa's townhome in Brick on a day where temperatures were around 100 degrees.

Brick police responded to the apartment after neighbors reported the dog was unconscious and in severe distress.

The officers tried to cool down the dog and took it to an animal hospital, but Princess died there two days later of complications from heat stroke.

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