An Egg Harbor Township man has been indicted on animal cruelty charges for allegedly killing a dog earlier this year.
Investigators said Steven Geisel, 50, beat a female pit bull with a blunt object Jan. 29 in a wooded area behind the Norms-Dale Mobile Home Park near Ocean Heights Avenue. The dog suffered traumatic neck injuries that ultimately proved fatal, according to officials.
The ensuing case galvanized the animal rescue community in South Jersey. An online petition and corresponding Facebook page calling for justice in the dog’s killing garnered more than 4,000 supporters.
Geisel, of the 2000 block of Ocean Heights Avenue, was arrested Feb. 12 following an investigation by Egg Harbor Township police and officials with the Atlantic County SPCA. At least two other dogs were removed from Geisel's mobile home and have since been rehabilitated and re-homed, according to the SPCA.