A total of 25 criminal and civil NJSA Title 4 animal cruelty summonses were issued to Katelyn Cornell and Donald LaDolce – formerly of Forest Street in Montclair – for allegedly abusing and beating a cat they had adopted from the Montclair PAWS animal shelter, according to the NJ State SPCA Humane Police and Montclair PD.
The couple, facing more than $25,000 in fines, failed to appear in municipal court for arraignment December 18. Bench warrants of $2500 each were issued by the court. Officials say Cornell and LaDolce have fled the state and are now being sought as animal cruelty offenders.
SPCA investigator Corporal Al Peterson told Baristanet the injured cat was taken to veterinarian Dr. George Cameron for emergency treatment. The cat was in shock – bleeding profusely from its mouth and was diagnosed with broken ribs, a broken sternum, and contusions to its lungs. Its injuries were found to be the result of blunt force trauma consistent with the animal being kicked.
An examination of the cat revealed that it had also suffered additional multiple rib fractures, pulmonary contusions and abdominal bleeding, also caused by blunt force trauma and also consistent with the animal being kicked, occurring a few weeks prior to the original injury, says Peterson. The injured cat, which had recently survived a house fire in Nutley along with more than 100 other victimized cats in the home, had only sustained upper respiratory infection in the fire.
The abused cat has survived its injuries, says NJ State SPCA Humane Police, and has found a new home. Anyone with information about this case may call Corporal Peterson at NJ SPCA: 800-582-5979. More details on this story, here.