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SPCA: Animal Control Officer From Edgewater Sliced Baby Deer's Throat

Vincent Ascolese
Vincent Ascolese Photo Credit: Facebook photo

EDGEWATER, N.J. -- A state animal control officer from Edgewater slit the throat of a baby deer, killing it, said authorities who charged him with 14 counts of animal cruelty.

Vincent Ascolese, 48, used blood draining ("exsanguination") to kill the injured fawn, a method of euthanasia that isn't approved in the state, while he was the director and supervising animal control officer at the North Jersey Humane Society Shelter in Bloomfield, New Jersey SPCA Capt. Rick Yocum said in a release.

Charges include "needlessly killing a living animal" and "failure to provide necessary care," Yocum said.

Ascolese, also is the director of the Bergen County Protection and Rescue Shelter in Cliffside Park. also didn't provide proper shelter, food and necessary care to other animals at the Humane Society, according to the release.

He was issued a summons with an Oct. 14 date in Bloomfield Municipal Court.

Yocum said an investigation was continuing.

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