From the Buck County Courier Times:
A Horsham couple has been charged with animal cruelty for leaving behind three cats in their former New Jersey home after it had been foreclosed on last month.
Police in Monmouth County, N.J., said that when Paul and Nancy DiAngelantonio, 52 and 50, respectively, moved out of their house, they left their three cats inside, trapped without food or water for three weeks.
“It’s just not something that’s acceptable,” said Victor “Buddy” Amato, chief of police for the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
According to Amato, the foreclosure was finalized at the end of the year, and the DiAngelantonios had to move out the first few days of January. They packed all of their belongings, including their two dogs, leaving the house empty but for the cats.
The couple said they returned to the home within the next few days, but couldn’t find the cats.
Three weeks later, a real estate agent went to the home to prepare it for sale and found the cats. The agent called police, and animal control officers from the Associated Humane Societies of New Jersey came to investigate.
The officer found two of the cats alive, but in their starvation they had eaten the third cat.
On Friday, Monmouth SPCA Sgt. Matthew Giuliano went to the couple’s new apartment where they moved two weeks ago, accompanied by Horsham police officers, and charged the DiAngelantonios with 14 counts of animal cruelty. Each charge can result in a fine of up to $1,000 and six months in prison.
Dexter and Milo – the names the humane society gave the two surviving cats – are available for adoption to a good home.