Probation in N.J. case of 68 pet deaths

March 30, 2009 9:58:49 AM PDT
A former police dispatcher and his wife who abandoned their Barnegat house, leaving 68 dead or dying pets in it, avoided jail Monday on animal cruelty charges.

Matthew Teymant was sentenced to five years' probation and 250 hours of community service. His wife, Amanda, was admitted into a pre-trial intervention program that will drop charges against her in 18 months. She must perform 100 hours community service.

Authorities said the Teymants' house had rows of cages containing mummified remains of animals that had to be removed with wire cutters, feces everywhere, and inside a freezer, the bodies of 28 kittens wrapped in towels and plastic bags.

Teymant's lawyer says he became overwhelmed caring for the animals once his two young children were born.


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