The Union City man charged with animal cruelty for allegedly slaughtering chickens on his Secaucus Road property pled guilty to a zoning violation in Municipal Court yesterday.
As you may recall, Eugenio Oramas was told earlier this year to remove his assortment of chickens from the property due to a Secaucus ordinance that prohibits the raising of livestock. An impromptu visit from Mayor Michael Gonnelli led to the gruesome discover of a barrel full of chickens that had been beheaded and plucked.
The lawyer for the 56-year-old Oramas claims that the chicken in the barrel were not the same live chickens he had been asked to remove. Instead, he claims, they were chickens he purchased as food.
As a result, Oramas worked out a deal and pled guilty to violating the ordinance but avoided an animal cruelty conviction. He will be forced to remove the birds and their coops from the land, give up ownership of the animals, pay a $1,000 fine and reimburse the town of Secaucus $1,500.
Mayor Gonnelli was at the hearing and told The Record that he doesn’t believe Oramas’ claims.