2019 News Release

April 18, 2019

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Major Brian Polite - ext. 6514
Lt. Theodore Schafer - ext. 6515
SFC Jeff Flynn - ext. 6516
Sgt. Lawrence Peele - ext. 6531
Tpr. Alejandro Goez - ext. 6527
Tpr. Charles Marchan - ext. 6513

State Police Charge Woman Found with 20 Dogs Living in Deplorable and Inhumane Conditions

Shamong Township, N.J. - The New Jersey State Police have arrested Marissa Corbett, 39, from Shamong Township, N.J., for keeping 20 dogs in deplorable and inhumane conditions in and around her home on Oakshade Road.

On Tuesday, April 16, detectives from Red Lion Station responded to Corbett’s residence to assist the Burlington County Health Department with an inspection. When detectives arrived, they observed evidence of animal cruelty inflicted upon the dogs on the property. The odor of animal feces and ammonia permeated the inside of the residence, which caused several of the first responders to experience dizziness and nausea.

Upon further investigation, detectives discovered that Corbett was maintaining a boarding and training business and had 20 living dogs of various breeds. It was determined that five of the dogs were in critical condition and had to be transported to an emergency veterinary clinic. One of the five dogs later died as a result of an illness. The remaining dogs were transported to the Burlington County Shelter to be evaluated and treated.

Marissa Corbett was charged with one count of third degree animal cruelty, 19 counts of fourth degree animal cruelty, and 40 counts of disorderly persons offense of animal cruelty. She was released with a pending court date.

The case is being prosecuted by the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office.

Charges are mere accusations, and the accused is considered innocent until proven guilty.

Photo of Marissa Corbett

Marissa Corbett

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