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Forked River Woman Indicted in Dog's Death

Megan Otte case remains in county's hands

A Forked River woman whom police say behind that starved to death when she moved out of a home has been indicted on a count of animal cruelty.

Megan Otte, 21, was indicted on a count of third-degree animal cruelty by an Ocean County grand jury, sitting in Toms River, on Thursday in the death of Ruger, the mixed breed dog found dead in a dog crate in an empty house in June.

Otte by Lacey police after Ruger's body was discovered in the crate by police investigating a suspicious odor at a Pensacola Road address. An investigation by Officer Paul Sullivan and Officer Paul Schlossbach of the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals found that Otte moved from the Pensacola Road home and left Ruger, a mixed breed, alive in the cage. Sometime after she moved, Ruger died, police said.

Otte posted bail — $7,500 with no 10 percent option — through a bondsman on Monday, July 23.

In the days following Otte's arrest, animal activists took it upon themselves to encourage Ocean County Executive Assistant Prosecutor Robert Scott, who is assigned to the case, to give Otte the maximum sentence. A Facebook Page and a petition were started. The Facebook page currently has 624 likes while the petition has 3,624 signatures.

deidre September 12, 2012 at 02:00 PM
to all those defending her....how do you justify the FACT that she told people she dropped the dog off at popcorn zoo when asked where ruger was!!?? this was NOT a mistake and she was NOT afraid of the dog....YES there is always more to the story and if everyone KNEW this girl personally and seen the things shes done in the past TRUST ME YOU WOULD NOT BE FEELING SORRY FOR HER!!!!
Tom Trallies September 12, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Thank goodness for bleeding heart drivel. Without charity, compassion and civility this world would be a sad place. Innocent mistakes would doom people to a lifetime of persecution. Rehabilitation would not exist. Hopefully you'll never be the subject of such blind criticism in your life diane. Faith and hope in and for humanity are powerful emotions.
Tom Trallies September 12, 2012 at 05:44 PM
First, nobody is defending her, read the comments. What's being said is that nobody, including you, know the circumstances of the situation. Calling her a murderer is out of line. She'll serve up to 6 months and pay a fine. Some radical folks here think she should be given the gas chamber apparently. Second, With what you're alleging, she would be charged with aggravated cruelty. She was indicted on a count of third-degree animal cruelty by an Ocean County grand jury. If there were past offenses, they would've been considered. Her charge is a Disorderly Persons Offense, not a Felony. And before you make the point of leniency, based on your own statements, why would the court show leniency? Why would the court not seek a more serious charge if she'd done this before, or if her character was in question...??? Offering hearsay is irresponsible.
June McWilliam October 02, 2012 at 09:51 PM
I just found this page. Tom and Don - if allowed, give me a crate and the lock, and I would put her inside. I have no patience or tolerance for misplaced and so called compassion. Let's cut the crap here. Hmmm... to choose between saving a stranger or my cat or dog, whom I love, well there is no question as to what I would do - save my cat or dog, and then make an attempt to save the individual. If you can't accept the truth, well, I'm thick skinned. Name calling, or criticism slide right off my shoulders. What this woman did was reprehensible, and I am so sorry that poor dog was given to this sicko in the first place.
proud April 16, 2013 at 09:15 PM
Have you ever taken the life of a mosquito, or heaven forbid, a green head fly? Are they not God's creatures? Would you have the same Christian sentiment towards those that have?

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