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A Poll Asks: Should New Jersey Reinstate the Death Penalty for Animal Abusers?

Michael Rosenberg

Michael Rosenberg

As the case against Princeton, New Jersey, dog trainer Michael Rosenberg, 31, develops, a poll on NJ1015.com asks whether or not New Jersey should reinstate the death penalty as punishment for animal abusers. New Jersey outlawed the death penalty in 2007. Now, almost 80% of those who voted in the impromptu poll voted in favor of death for animal abusers.

Rosenberg, who was convicted in 2011 for child endangerment involving sex with a juvenile, was implicated in an animal cruelty case involving the beating death of a German shepherd he was training. Rosenberg was charged with six counts of animal cruelty in the dog’s beating death. Since then another person has come forward claiming that he injured her bull terrier.

The charges against Rosenberg were judged a parole violation and in November 2012 he was sent to the Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Avenel for four months. Since then Rosenberg has been implicated in more instances of animal abuse, including abuse his own two dogs, who a friend now says was regular. According to animal control officer Mark Johnson, the witness claims that about once a week over a six-month period Rosenberg would abuse his own dogs by picking them up “chest- and head-high” and throwing them seven to eight feet across the room onto the concrete floor. Johnson plans to seize the dogs, but did not find them at Rosenberg’s home. Johnson believes that they may have been taken by Rosenberg’s girlfriend. The breeds and condition of the dogs is not yet known.

In addition to the charges involving the death of the German shepherd, Rosenberg has been charged with three disorderly person charges, which each carry a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. He is also charged with two civil charges that could put him on the hook for the costs of the dogs’ recovery and care until they are adopted out. Rosenberg remains in custody.

NJ 101.5 poll results on Febrayr 1, 2013

NJ 101.5 poll results on February 1, 2013

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