On Monday, 20 animals in various states of decomposition were found in an empty lot along Paterson Plank Road in North Bergen.
The discovery came a week after the Reporter broke the story that someone has been dumping domestic and wild animals throughout the township, as many as 20 per week.
Officials have speculated that the source is a person who has an animal control contract to pick up animals from another town. Rather than delivering them to a shelter or incinerating the carcasses, which costs money, they may be simply dumping them in North Bergen.
On Monday, the animals discovered in the lot included sheep, chicken, opossums, and perhaps more disturbing, dogs and cats.
According to Denton Infield, the general manager for Newark’s Associated Humane Society, a television news crew was in an empty lot in Paterson Plank Road on Monday shooting a segment when they happened to stumble upon the dead animals.
For more on this story, see this weekend's edition of the North Bergen Reporter, both in print and on this website.