A woman who was contacted to help Tori, after a friend of the dog's owners reached out for help, is hoping that Wydrinski will have to pay for what he did. In a public Facebook post, Jennifer Wilhelm-Kees stated, "He only had her for 4 months. She was given away on the internet. She died at the hands of a monster. A sick, twisted control freak."
According to Wilhelm-Kees, before Wydrinski got a hold of her, Tori had lived with a family for her entire life. She was given to Wydrinski after her owners divorced. In the Facebook post, Jennifer explains how the family dog lost her home when the husband decided to give her away, "He made the decision to give her up, posted her online, met this family, kids played in the grass with her, promised the best home ever and the owner felt comfortable with them and then the sick bastard adopter that he is starved her to death. There were no intentions on adding her to the family, he’s just a sick bastard. It’s the 3rd dog that this happened to under his “care."
These are the details that we currently have available. It is our understanding that Matthew Wydrinski surrendered to the police and that he is facing an animal cruelty charge for Tori's death. It is also our understanding that he is already out of jail.
We want this person behind bars, forbidden from ever owning another animal, and we want him to be denied pre-trial intervention (PTI). PTI is a diversionary program that is generally offered to first-time offenders as an alternative to other prescribed penalties (including but not limited to jail time). We will be presenting your signatures (and comments!) to the prosecutor. Please join us in letting the prosecutor know that we ALL care about animal cruelty cases and we want justice for Tori.
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Update 4/5/2021: Dexter S. Wright Sr., MBA, Judiciary Clerk 2, has informed Animal Victory that this is currently an open complaint and there are no scheduled events. Prosecutor’s file no: 20-0678.
Update 1/14/2021: Animal Victory has been informed that the court was transferred to Trenton Superior Court due to the charge being higher than what the municipal court hears. The court is scheduled for Feb 2021.
Update 10/28/2020: It is possible the court was held today. We have sent 28,042 signatures to Read our letter to Public Information Officer Casey DeBalsio here
Update 10/14/20: The following was the response that we received from our letter: "Good morning. I am familiar with the case. I just verified that the prosecution is still pending- meaning it has not yet reached any resolution such as a plea, trial, etc. It has an upcoming court date at the end of the month. I'm sorry I don't have more information for you."
UPDATE: 02/26/2020: We have a court date. The complaint lists his first appearance in Mercer County Superior Court as March 19 at 11 a.m. There is a possibility that the date could change.
On February 13, 2020, Matthew C. Wydrinksi was charged with one count of Animal Cruelty, 4:22-17c(2) a crime of the third degree. This investigation originated out of East Windsor Township, Mercer County, New Jersey. A crime of the third degree is the highest criminal charge in New Jersey for animal cruelty. The only exception is 2C:33-31 and 32 which are crimes related to dogfighting.
Since August 1, 2018, the State of New Jersey placed the responsibility of animal cruelty investigations with the prosecutor’s office of each county.
The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Humane Law Enforcement Unit investigates and prosecutes animal cruelty crimes in accordance with the laws set forth by the State of New Jersey.
As this is an active investigation, no further information will or can be released at this time. As in every investigation, the suspect is innocent until proven guilty.
Police Department Press Release
Update: 02/25/2020 Read our letter to the Mercer County Prosecutors Office Here
Individuals are presumed innocent until being found guilty in a court of law.