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Press Release: Sodomized Pit Bull Mix Adopted


CONTACT: Roseann Trezza, Executive Director

February 7, 2007


(Newark, NJ) -- The 10-month-old pit bull mix who was sodomized in Newark has been adopted by the veterinary technician who nurtured her through her near-death experience. Associated Humane Societies staff members brought the dog, lovingly named Kate, to the Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls for a reunion with Galina Yatsentyuk, the woman who helped her through her tough ordeal. Yatsentyuk adopted her on the spot.

Photo Caption: Kate is reunited with Galina Yatsentyuk, a veterinary technician at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls who has adopted her.

Roseann Trezza, Executive Director of the Associated Humane Societies, says, “Ever since Kate was released from the Tinton Falls facility and taken to our Newark Animal Care Center, Galina has called every single day to check on her recovery and to express how much she misses her. We thought Galina and Kate were the perfect match and Kate would be given a loving home that is well deserved. Kate will live with four cats and another dog, so she will have a lot of playmates.”

Kate, named after her veterinarian Dr. Kate Palmer, was treated at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls after she was rescued in Newark where she was found in the hallway of an apartment building in a pool of her own blood. She had been sodomized by a local resident.

Upon her arrival in Tinton Falls, she was given round-the-clock-care. When veterinarians first examined her, she was in the process of shutting down physically and emotionally. Her condition slowly improved and she was moved to Newark to finish her recovery. She is expected to be up for adoption in a week or two.

The Associated Humane Societies is asking anyone who has any information about this incident to come forward. A $12,000 reward has been posted. If someone is convicted of the crime, penalties range up to $7,500 in fines and 18 months behind bars.

The Associated Humane Societies (AHS), founded in 1906, is the largest animal sheltering system in New Jersey. AHS consists of four shelters located in Newark, Forked River, Tinton Falls and Union. The Forked River facility also includes the federally licensed Popcorn Park Zoo which is a sanctuary for abandoned, injured, ill, exploited, abused or elderly wildlife, exotic and farm animals and birds.

For more information, visit or to make a donation, send it to Popcorn Park Zoo, PO Box 50, Humane Way, Forked River, NJ 08731. The Society is open 7 days a week from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.  


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