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After Death Of Dog, Doggie Daycare Owner Files Harassment Report

After escaped dog gets hit by car, owner says he fears for the safety of his employees.

The owner of a Clinton Street doggie daycare filed a harassment report on Friday, after two employees found a message about a dog who escaped taped to a public bulletin board at an A&P grocery store, according to police reports.

A dog in the care of escaped through a rear service door two weeks ago, was hit by a car and died.

Business owner Michael Stigliano, 32, told police that he called animal control the day the dog, Rusty, escaped, but that he was unable to reach anyone because of the Passover and Easter holidays, according to police reports. Stigliano said he also called police.

Stigliano called animal control again the following Monday, according to police reports, and spoke to an animal control worker who told him that the dog had been hit by a car and died late Saturday night in Jersey City. The body was disposed of because the dog had no tags.

Since the incident, Stigliano said there have been disparaging messages about his business posted on a blog and a post on the business’s Facebook page.

Last Thursday around 9 p.m., two of Stigliano’s employees went to the nearby , where Hoboken Unleashed has a paid advertisement poster on a bulletin board. On the poster, there was a white sign with black lettering that read: “Unleashed Doggie Day Care Irresponsible Killed Rusty! RIP Rusty,” according to reports.

Police said one of the employees removed the poster and brought it back to the business to show the owner and told the owner that they do not feel safe and want to leave work in groups.

Stigliano told police he wanted to report the most recent incident in case the situation gets worse.

Police have filed the sign as evidence.

Blogger1 April 17, 2012 at 02:01 PM
It's amazing how one mistake, while a horrible mistake gets people to all pound all over this place. The same people that are attacking this place are the same people that defended this place when the city tried to take it over a few years ago for a municipal garage. Nobody knows the facts right now, only whats being reported by this site and 411, both of which are not credible. For all we know someone broke in and stole the dog? You should let the facts come out and then comment, you're all a big bunch of babies, you all have poo in your diapers too.
Tom Troncone (Editor) April 17, 2012 at 02:19 PM
How are we not credible? Everything we wrote in this story is directly from police reports. Yes, that is all we know, but its credible sourcing.
Ann Wopat April 17, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Blogger1 is confusing me with someone else. I don't go to dog parks and have never once not picked up after my dog.
SusieQ April 17, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I am a regular of the business and I have no plans to take my dog elsewhere. The owner of the doggie day care did everything he could after the dog escaped and he was the one who posted the $2,000 reward all over town. And yes, the door was kicked in, probably by high school punks trying to be "bad ass" city kids. The owner told me that he is installing extra fending around the door in question and other security measures. He loves dogs - you don't go into this business unless you do - and he is very distraught over the whole situation.
Blogger1 April 17, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Tom, Hoboken patch is far from credible and borderline yellow. You're not alone, our Hoboken newspaper is bias, many other sites in town take sides, you're not alone so don't think this is directed at just the patch. Where was the report of the kicked in door? Police are investigating that too, why wasn't that in the article? Let me guess, it doesn't make it juicy right? Doesn't allow people to comment like they are right? But hey, you guys nose dived for what, 180 million last year in losses? Seems like the bad writing is the least of your worries right now...
Redrider765 April 17, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Then clearly it was not negligence and I'll delete my previous comment. Might I suggest some cameras? Should keep the punks at bay.
Tom Troncone (Editor) April 17, 2012 at 02:52 PM
All we did is write up a police report. Try relaxing a bit. We try to be as fair as possible. You, on the other hand, used your first three comments on this site to attack people. You won't be around long, I suppose, since you won't be able to verify your account with the fake email you used to sign up.
Blogger1 April 17, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Tom,you chose what to write from that police report, where is the fact that Detective Mitchell is investigating other scenarios? As for my email? I prefer my anonymity, didn't know any of us needed "actual" emails, it doesn't prompt us for that information.
Ann Wopat April 17, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Blogger1 apparently has some anger issues and believes the best defense is to attack others. I will repeat I do not go to dog parks and you are bizarrely lying.
Zoot Bortnicke April 17, 2012 at 04:17 PM
tom sounds like a bad product to me
Redrider765 April 17, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Tom, many of us set up a dedicated email account w/ no personal information to protect our identities from being found out. After some of the stuff that has happened to outted posters in this town, a person would have to be crazy to not protect their identity.
Tom Troncone (Editor) April 17, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I sound like a bad product to you? What does that even mean?
Tom Troncone (Editor) April 17, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I understand completely Redrider. But you had to use a real address to confirm the account. What I meant is that his account has an obviously fake email address, meaning that in a couple days, when he cannot verify his account, he will not longer have access to the site.
morristhecat April 17, 2012 at 07:01 PM
I take my dog to Unleashed and personally know the owner. He and all his employees are terrific and they do everything to make sure the dogs are well cared for. Collars are removed for the dog's safety in the facility. As to the individuals that damaged the door lets not assume it was high school kids, we watch plenty of vandalism in his town at the hands of the transient young 20 somethings after a night of drinking. Do not sterotype the HS kids.
friendly fire April 17, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Wow, Tom is really responding quite a bit. I commend you for not hiding from the comments, and actually engaging with your readers. My question to you is if you are sourcing information from the police reports, and IF the police reports referenced a kicked in door, possible vandalism, why wouldn't Patch include that in it's story. Willingly and/or deliberately leaving that out of the story suggests a less than credible reporting of the story, and doesn't allow the reader to see all the facts.
Redrider765 April 17, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Ahhh, didn't know you could even do that. You should disable that feature. Too many one & done comments and I am guessing most of them do exactly what you just described.
Amanda Staab April 17, 2012 at 07:17 PM
The police report this story is based on makes no mention of a kicked-in door.
friendly fire April 17, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Thank you.
Gardiner4Freeholder April 17, 2012 at 07:43 PM
This sounds like an unfortunate accident. Stuff happens. I will give the ownership the benefit of the doubt on this one. You have to have proof before you shout allegations of negligence. I'm with Doggy Day Care on this one. It sounds like someone has a vendetta against the owner. Maybe it was the blog that no longer gets advertising from them or some other type of enemy. Does anyone know if specific threats were made?
Ms. K-S April 17, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Did they immediately call the POLICE instead of just animal control? He "says" he also called police, TO the police? That makes no sense. Calling the police is the best thing you can do to report a missing dog immediately but did they know he escaped immediately? It helps, especially with a dog with tags and/or a microchip. Cops work 24/7 and if they spotted him would have immediately contacted the person filing the report. The caretaker needed to act fast before what happened, not after. :*( You go looking immediately without hesitation. The dog was left in their possession and responsibility. The full truth needs to come out about this incident that never should have happened.
Blogger1 April 17, 2012 at 09:07 PM
What report do you have?
Ms. K-S April 17, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Perhaps you should Google the story if you want answers to your questions. How do you know this was the only reported "accident" they've had. There might have been others unreported too. I find Patch to be accurate, reporting local news with all the facts available.
Ms. K-S April 17, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Who do you think put up the reward signs for Rusty?
Ms. K-S April 17, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Blogger1, what does AOL selling 1 billion patents have to do with this story? Are you a pet or animal owner/lover or you're looking at this as business as usual. I've been involved with dogs for a LONG time, I have my own Labradors and have occasioanlly dog sat as a favor for friends, being especially careful with someone elses dogs even at Labrador Specialty Shows or in my own home. Watching a dog is like watching a child, they can get into mischief. Heaven help this business if the NJ SPCA were to get involved in this. They cover all of NJ except Bergen County. They're drawing attention to themselves right now and it could backfire in their faces, I suggest they be careful as a pop inspection could close them down until things are fixed. There are specific laws in the State of NJ with new ones being attempted to be brought into legislation. Also, each town has their own laws. It sounds to me like you have strictly a business take on this and no animal love by the way you've posted IMO.
Ms. K-S April 17, 2012 at 10:04 PM
I tend to agree going by the story Patch uncovered. I would check this business' Facebook site (it exist) and ask about bad experiences and perhaps post a link to this article for their "clientele" to see and be aware of. How very sad this story is. :*(
Tom Troncone (Editor) April 17, 2012 at 11:01 PM
FF, been doing this 17 years, had a gun put to my head in Paterson, been threatened with imminent death numerous times ... lol ... some guy hiding behind a screen name to take potshots doesn't faze me :) But to your point, nothing is deliberately left out of the story. The police report that we Amanda had did was specific to the owner filing a report with police about the note he had found and what he deemed to be a fear for the safety of his employees. Might there be a previous police report about a kicked in door? I can't say no, but we didn't have it in hand when we wrote this. Amanda is going to try to close that gap in the narrative.
Tom Troncone (Editor) April 17, 2012 at 11:05 PM
RR, I completely agree. The idea is to give people a bit of a grace period to confirm their account. Not sure of the time, but I think it is like a week.
Tom Troncone (Editor) April 17, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Hey gang, I cleaned up this thread a bit because it was getting crazily off topic.
Bob night September 20, 2013 at 01:18 AM
This place is the worst to bring your dog it's not the first dog they have lost. The place is filthy and has had many problems
Bob night September 20, 2013 at 01:22 AM
The only reason this place is still open is because there's two owners and one is a lawyer

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