Local animal rescue agencies are looking for someone who they say put four newborn kittens into a plastic bag and threw them out as if they were trash in a parking lot garbage can in front of the Corrado’s grocery store on Berdan Avenue, NorthJersey.com reported.
According to the report, an employee heard cat cries coming from the trash can, found the kittens, and brought them to a nearby pet store in an attempt to help them.
The staff worked to save the kittens, but two were already dead and two were in critical condition, the report said.
Animal rescue crew Only Kindness, Inc. rushed the kittens to a veterinarian at Pequannock Animal Hospital who treated the two remaining kittens. Only one, who has since been named Jojo, survived.
According to the report, the cats were two to three days old when they were wrapped in both a plastic and paper bag and discarded.
A "Donations For JoJo" jar is set at Corrado's Pet Store in Wayne, the report said. He will be up for adoption at Only Kindness in about eight weeks, it said.
The agency has filed a police report about the incident, and released the following statement about the incident:
"Animal abuse and neglect is a crime in every state, and the animal victims are entitled to the protection of those laws. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well-documented. Animal cruelty is often symptomatic of future abuse of other animals or people. If you have any information pertaining to this incident or any other abuse or neglect, please speak up! You may help prevent future violence against another innocent animal, as well as a child or adult in your community!"
Anyone with information about who may have thrown away the cats is asked to call 973-897-7170 or email email@example.com.