COLTS NECK NJ – The Monmouth County SPCA arrived at a Colts Neck property after a cruelty complaint was received on their New Jersey Animal Cruelty Hotline. The resident of the Mangnolia Lane home, along with surrounding neighbors, had been feeding the indoor/outdoor cats and kittens over the past several years. Monday night into Tuesday morning, MCSPCA law enforcement arrived on scene and removed 7 cats and kittens from the home, another 17 with help from the homeowner and the remaining 12 on the property using traps. Lieutenant Tom Nuccio was on the scene and reported that “the home was in good condition, however the cats and kittens have severe upper respiratory infections, several cases of conjunctivitis and possible pregnancies due to the animals not being spayed and neutered.”

The cats and kittens are now in the care of the Monmouth County SPCA and are being vaccinated, dewormed and FIV/FeLV tested. The adult cats that lived outdoors and considered feral will go through the Monmouth County SPCA TNR program where they will be spayed and neutered and released back onto the property. The kittens will be spayed and neutered and put up for adoption in the next few weeks. The homeowner has given Humane Law Enforcement full cooperation and the MCSPCA asks that any outside rescue groups refrain from interfering, which is in the best interest of all parties involved.

MCSPCA Executive Director Ross Licitra would like to remind the public that “While the Monmouth County SPCA’s primary concern is for the safety and welfare of these animals, our organization is also a strong resource for residents in Monmouth County. Our low cost spay, neuter and vaccine program makes it easier for people who are struggling to keep their pets healthy and avoid situations before they get out of control, like the ones we are currently seeing. Please reach out to us for information and resources if you are having a problem,beforeyou become overwhelmed.”

The Monmouth County SPCA is in need of monetary donations to provide medical treatment, food, supplies and care to the dogs while they await placement. All donations can be made online viawww.monmouthcountyspca.org, through the mail via MCSPCA, Colts Neck Cats, 260 Wall Street, Eatontown NJ 07724, or over the phone by calling732-440-1557.