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A New Jersey man has been charged with murdering his girlfriend’s pet and is now facing several serious charges in New York.


The Putnam County SPCA arrested Matthew Savinovich, 27, of Norwood, Bergen County, on Wednesday. officials believe He killed his girlfriend’s three Chihuahuas and a ferret during their relationship from December 2019 to November 2020 at Peakskill Lake, a village in Putnam County.

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A judge ordered him to be held in the county jail on $100,000 cash or $500,000 bond.

Putnam County SPCA chief Ken Ross said several law enforcement agencies cooperated in a “long investigation” that led to Savinovich’s indictment.

“The support and help we got from all of these agencies was an invaluable resource,” Ross said. “Studies have shown that people who commit animal cruelty eventually commit crimes against humans.”

The indictment charged Savinovich with grave cruelty to animals, theft, criminal mischief – all felony and misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Officials said Savinovich has a long criminal record and was also accused of seeking bail on other charges.

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