January 21,2011

On January 21, 2011, in Ocean County Superior Court, Frank J. Dominick, formerly of 900 Barnegat Blvd in Barnegat plead guilty to a felony charge of animal cruelty 4:22-17B1, a crime of the fourth degree.    The charges filed by Lt. Thomas Yanisko of the New Jersey State SPCA were filed in 2009 when complaints from concerned veterinarians and other staff members from the Barnegat Animal Clinic were filed with the NJSPCA regarding repeated mysterious and serious injuries to a cat and kitten under their care.  The subsequent investigation led to criminal cruelty charges being filed by the NJSPCA against Mr. Dominick which led to his indictment.  Mr. Dominick was denied pre trial intervention or PTI which was a factor in the adjudication of this matter.  The plea coordinated through the Ocean County Prosecutors Office included the felony conviction of the 4th degree; 3 years supervised probation, 30 days community service, restitution in the amount of $8,400 to the owner of the cats for veterinary expenses, $1000 fine and restitution to the NJSPCA plus other fines and court fees.  Mr. Dominick has also under gone psychiatric evaluation as well as anger management in advance of this resolution. Mr. Dominick as a result of the charges was subsequently terminated from his employment as a nuclear operator at Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant in Forked River.  Lt. Yanisko credits the veterinary staff for stepping up and identifying the suspicious injuries and alerting the NJSPCA in this matter as well as the courage of the owner of the animals, a former girl friend of Frank Dominick.  This is a classic example of a disturbing trend of domestic violence being transgressed through pets or animals.   According to Judge Waters, any violation of the terms of Mr. Dominick’s probation would result in a State Prison sentence.