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Animal Cruelty Charges Against Town Employee 'Outrageous,' Lawyer Says

Thomas Alexander, director of human services, to appear in court Sept. 7.

The lawyer for Morristown's Director of Human Services—charged with starving his dog—said those alleging the charges did not even do the most fundamental of investigations and that his client is innocent.

Thomas Alexander, 61, was given seven summonses last spring alleging animal cruelty by “failing to provide a living creature with proper sustenance,” according to complaints. Both a lieutenant with the state Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Morristown Animal Control Officer Samantha Judson signed complaints against Alexander.

Alexander's trial is expected to be held Sept. 7 in Rockaway Township Municipal Court.

Morristown-based lawyer Gary Moylen said, despite the charges, Alexander was not in possession of the dog, named Satin, at the time he was starved.

"He had given the dog away two months before because he had moved and everyone knew it," Moylen said. "He had the dog for years. Numerous people had seen him with the dog. He was very attentive with the dog."

Moylen said his client had moved in late October from Manahan Village, which permitted animals, to an apartment that did not permit animals. Without the ability to care for Satin, he gave the dog to a neighbor.

Sometime in late December, Alexander returned to Flagler Street where he saw Satin wandering the street, "and he looked in horrible condition," Moylen said. "He was shocked. So he took the dog with him."

But, Alexander still did not have the ability to take the dog home with him, Moylen said, so he called Animal Control and explained the situation. "She (Judson) took the dog in then promptly turned around and charged him (Alexander) with animal abuse," Moylen said.

Although the state SPCA did its own investigation, the lawyer said they did not do a thorough one, neglecting to interview any of Alexander's former neighbors at Manahan Village, who would have been able to testify to Alexander's treatment of the animal.

"He lived in the middle of a crowded apartment complex," Moylen said. "They didn't even take the fundamental step of talking to the next door neighbor, the other next door neighbor, the upstairs neighbor. They didn't talk to one person in Manahan Village. We're going to bring up half the neighborhood to testify to the otherwise. It's an outrageous type of allegation."

The only charge the lawyer conceded to was that Satin did not have a license. "So, we'll pay the $10 fine," Moylen said.

Judson, the animal control officer, declined comment while the matter is pending.

1st time poster August 30, 2012 at 06:47 PM
He called Animal Control on himself? Oh, this doesn't sound political at all.
bsbsbs August 30, 2012 at 07:47 PM
I'm sure Dougherty told Samantha Judson not to comment. If she's honest, all she can say is Dougherty made me do it!
Courtney August 30, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Smells like Dougherty to me
Travis August 30, 2012 at 09:42 PM
You talkin' to me?
Courtney August 30, 2012 at 11:36 PM
I wasn't talking to you Travis but you have an anger management problem just like the Mayor! haha
Morristown Rules August 31, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Why does everyone think the mayor is behind this? I met him and he seems like an honest person
Motown Resident August 31, 2012 at 12:33 PM
What are the odds that Mr. Alexander gets pushed out of his position and is replaced by one of the Mayor's campaign croonies? Why can "the town" fine him for not having a dog license and not fine a bar owner for not having building permits?
JPB August 31, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Samantha Judson is an immature, unprofessional, uncompassionate poor excuse of a human being. I called and sent a letter to Mayor Dougherty to complain about her and received no response. If Mr Moylan needs somebody to testify against her irresponsible and reckless disregard for both humans and pets let me know. I' d love to see her disgraced after what she did. Samantha if you're reading this remember A&P puppy that you took from my then 13 year old son and the fact that a certain animal rescue won't deal with you anymore because of how you handled the situation. Mayor Dougherty maybe you should start digging into that pile of unanswered letters so you can remove this pathetic individual from a position that deals with any person or animal. She is definately on the take or just acts like a mall cop She is probably related to someone who works for the town who thought " oh my niece needs a job;she lacks any kind of experience so lets just stick her with the animals since they can't talk about how inept she is"
Joe D. September 01, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Wow! I am amazed. I know the ACO from Morristown and Know many in the rescue community that speak extremely highly of her! From my knowledge she has turned the town into a 0 kill rate town and goes to extradorinary lengths to save and adopt animals out to great homes. If I'm not mistaken she has even brought troubled and abused dogs to shelters in states that are nowhere near NJ and pays all of this out of her own pocket. The town even awarded her for these efforts....And for the allegations of corruptions and sweethearting positions I am pretty sure she has been saving animals since she studied to do this in college and has worked as an ACO in another county and then started in the Town as a part time employee and worked her way up. It is truly disgusting that the person making accusations above is making up crazy and obscene accusations that have no merit! The worst part is it's about a good person that sacrifices their own time every weekend to volunteer at adoption events just to make a small difference and save animals that otherwise would be put to sleep. The town official will have his day in court but obviously needs the media to help fight his battle even though he is still earning a paycheck from the town and oversees Judson's department. I can only imagine what it must be like going to work every day in a hostile working environment everyday and not being able to share the other side of the story when articles like this come out.
lucas September 01, 2012 at 03:25 AM
JPB, First let me agree, Im sure this Samantha Judson is a piece of garbage. I do not know your situation but there are a lot of town officials that are under Dougherty's control. These MINIONS do whatever he says and i'm sure Samantha is a Minion. Dougherty hates Tomas Alexander. It is well known they hate each other. Dougherty is an awful awful person. Motown Res, Jimmy Cavanaugh can do whatever he wants with the Zebu building because Dougherty lets him.... No need for permits when you are in bed with the mayor
JPB September 01, 2012 at 03:40 PM
At Joe D. No one has time to make stories up. And as your opening statement suggests you do not have facts only what you've heard. And if you know how shelters work you would know that animals will be sent to whatever shelter has openings. They don't have to be in Jersey. The shelters work together not through some miracle of Samantha. If you had an experience with her you would not be making positive comments
Warren Bobrow September 04, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Jersey is in England. New Jersey is in the United States.
Fc October 15, 2012 at 06:28 PM
The dog itself -- is the only evidence necessary to prove the cruelty. It's condition did not develop overnight; it took some time. If Alexander's former neighbors knew the dog belonged to him (and they had to if they saw him with it), why didn't they contact him at town hall? They cannot say they did not see the dog because Alexander found it roaming in the neighborhood. And, seemingly, no one can say that the man Alexander claims he gave the dog to brought him back after mistreating him. Why would someone bring a dog back after abusing him? It's just not logical.

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