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Photo Credit: Courtesy InsideOut
Photo Credit: Courtesy InsideOut
Photo Credit: Courtesy InsideOut

BEYOND BERGEN: Police said publicity forced a Union County woman charged with killing four of her boyfriend’s 5-week-old puppies after an argument to surrender last night.

Kimberly Matthews, 26, posted $2,000 bond and was given an Oct. 22 date in Linden Municipal Court, Police Capt. James Sarnicki said this morning.

“Her mother, who accompanied her, said it was the publicity that forced her to turn herself in,” he said.

InsideOut , a CLIFFVIEW PILOT news partner, broke the story yesterday. The PILOT published its own version, which has received enormous response from angry readers ( SEE: Police: Woman suffocated puppies after fight with boyfriend ).

Matthews gave a neighbor the American bulldogs in an Igloo cooler Sunday night to take care of them, Sarnicki told InsideOut .

The neighbor told police that Matthews said the motionless pups “were probably just sleeping,” he said.

When he later went to touch them, the man said, they were cold, so he called police, the captain said, adding that likely were suffocated.

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In BERGEN COUNTY , report animal cruelty or neglect: (201) 573-8900

MORE INFO: Bergen County SPCA (or click image above)

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Responding officers spoke to Matthews, who denied responsibility, he said.

However, the neighbor told police that Matthews had an argument over the phone Sunday night with her boyfriend, who breeds the dogs, during which she threatened to kill them.

“At some later point, she removed the puppies from their cage and placed them into the cooler,” Sarnicki said.

Matthews was arrested on two outstanding warrants, one out of Clark and the other out of Middlesex County. Police drew up four complaints of animal cruelty that he said they planned to charge Matthews with yesterday.

But they apparently had trouble finding her — until she showed up at headquarters last night.

If convicted of the animal cruelty charges, Matthews could face up to 2 years in prison — six months for each count.

She also could be required to pay fines for each of from $500 to $2,000, Sarnicki said.

IMAGES: Courtesy InsideOut

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This is the first time in my more than four years publishing CLIFFVIEW PILOT that I’ve made such a request, so please forgive me if I’m a bit uncomfortable:

Although I understand your anger, please consider the language that you use in comments you send to us. The PILOT isn’t a blog. It’s a website. A business.

Jerry DeMarco

MY livelihood.

I am unable to edit profanity out of comments — and wouldn’t if I could. So I am forced to delete all of those that come with it.

There are many ways to express ourselves. If you are moved to write, we are happy to receive. But please find a way of doing so that doesn’t force me to delete what you want to say because of profanity.

Our house, our rules. We ask only that you respect that, please.

Thank you for your consideration ….

Jerry DeMarco

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