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Case ID: 19277
Classification: Mutilation/Torture
Animal: cat
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Abuse was retaliation against animal's bad behavior
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Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012

County: Monmouth

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Jessica D. Nusbaum

A 6-month old kitten named Pumpkin was in stable condition Friday after its owner cut the cat open from its head to the tip of its tail, authorities said.

Jessica D. Nusbaum, 30, of 638B Eaton Crest Drive, Eatontown, was charged Friday with animal cruelty in the fourth degree by Buddy Amato, chief of the Monmouth County Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals, who alleged torture and mutilation of a live creature. Nusbaum also was charged with a third-degree weapons offense by Eatontown police.

Amato said that Nusbaum confessed, admitting that on Wednesday after the cat urinated on the floor, she took it into the bathroom, held it over the bathtub and cut it with scissors. She put the cat into a plastic bag and dumped in a trash bin at a neighboring apartment complex, Amato said.

Her neighbor, whom Amato did not identify, asked Nusbaum where the cat was, Amato said. When Nusbaum said what she had done, the neighbor went to the trash bin and found Pumpkin still alive, Amato said. The man took the cat to Shrewsbury Animal Hospital, where it received 40 staples to close its wounds, Amato said. The neighbor went to the borough Police Department and filed a complaint against Nusbaum. Detective Sgt. Richard Coffey and Sgt. William Lucia investigated the incident. The SPCA has been caring for the kitten since its release from the animal hospital. Amato did not have a photo of Nusbaum.


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