- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - The owner of a dog found dead in a New Jersey home has been spared a jail term.

Jennifer Caruso pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of abandoning a dog and failing to provide the animal with necessary care. She was fined $1,500 and received six months probation.

Authorities say Sully, an 11-year-old Greater Swiss Mountain dog, was found inside Caruso’s former Northvale home in February. Caruso was in the process of moving to Norwood at the time.

Caruso’s attorney said she arranged for someone to care for Sully. But that person didn’t do that and Caruso says she never followed up.

Sully was found after a neighbor reported that water was coming out from under a garage door and a security alarm was sounding. Police say the starving dog may have eaten sofa cushions in the absence of food.

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