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NJ Woman Charged With Animal Cruelty After Dog Recovered Nearly Starved To Death

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) - The pup's name is Hercules, and considering what he lived through, it's clear he's got some amazing internal strength.

The New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals announced Tuesday charges were being brought against a Wenoah woman.

The NJSPCA says a Deptford police officer was responding to a complaint at the home of Roxanne Notaro on April 3. Once there, the officer discovered Hercules locked in a small crate in the basement, covered in his own feces, urine and fleas.

Hercules was so weak he couldn't even stand under his own power.

Notaro faces six counts of animal cruelty.

Hercules, however, is making a recovery. He's eating small meals each day to build up his strength.

NJSPCA said Notaro also owned a chocolate lab that was in good shape, except for having fleas. The organization expressed confusion at how an owner can have one dog in good shape upstairs and one being starved nearly to death in the basement.

Anyone interested in donating to help for Hercules' medical bills can do so by clicking here.

Hercules, the abused dog in New Jersey
Hercules is recovering from the abuse he suffered at the hands of Roxanne Notaro, the NJSPCA said. (credit: NJSPCA)

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