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Super Bowl XLVIII warning: Leave pets at home or face prosecution

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: In addition to backpacks and banners, Bergen County’s SPCA/Animal Cruelty Task Force is reminding ticket holders for next Sunday’s Super Bowl in East Rutherford to leave their pets at home — or be charged with a crime.

“In the past, some people attending events at [MetLife] stadium have brought their pets with them and left them in their vehicles unattended,” said Richard Siniscalchi, a task force investigator. “This is an act of animal cruelty and punishable by law.”

YOU can report animal cruelty or neglect to:
BERGEN COUNTY SPCA

”It would be inhumane to leave an animal in a vehicle without heat in the winter,” he added.

The Animal Cruelty Task Force investigates and prosecutes cases of animal neglect and cruelty within Bergen County, working in cooperation with local law enforcement.

It is comprised of volunteers from the Bergen County SPCA who attend continuing education classes on evenings and weekends to hone their skills as animal cruelty investigators. All members are required to complete a rigorous curriculum and basic firearms qualification at the Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute in Mahwah.

Animal cruelty investigations are generated by tips from the public, from animal control officers and from local law enforcement to a central dispatch line: 201-573-8900.

The line is open 24/7.

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