Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Veterinary Tech Faces Cruelty Charges

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Veterinary Tech Faces Cruelty Charges

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A veterinary technician at the Ridgefield Park Animal Hospital has been charged with animal cruelty and was issued 71 summonses for keeping several German shepherds at the Main Street facility, said Maureen Parenta, spokeswoman for the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office, on Tuesday.

"These were various charges of animal cruelty,'' she said. "The summonses were issued by Bergen County SPCA with the [Bergen County Prosecutor's Office] Animal Cruelty Task force."

The summonses were issued to Edison Davalos, who on Tuesday denied that he mistreated the purebred German shepherds. He said that several of the dogs had been given to him by owners who could no longer take care of them, and he said he planned to keep them until he found people to adopt them. He said he finds homes for the dogs for free, and always made sure that they were well taken care of when they were under his care.

"They were all in good condition,'' said Davalos, who said he has also bred German shepherds and competes with some in dog shows. "I treated them well, I fed them well."

No summonses were issued to the hospital or its owner, Paul Kim, the veterinarian who has owned the facility for more than two decades.

Officers from the Bergen County SPCA and the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Animal Cruelty Task Force went to the hospital on May 4 after receiving a complaint from a neighbor and found 40 German shepherds, some of them puppies that were still nursing, according to authorities.

The dogs, authorities said, were found in crates in the basement, in the main floor of the hospital, and back yard. Three full size dogs were found in a small crate, according to authorities, and another crate contained an adult dog and several puppies. Three dogs were running loose in the back yard, authorities said.

In all, 40 German shepherds were at the facility. …

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