A New York City man has been charged with animal cruelty for dousing a kitten in motor oil and abandoning it inside a box that was tied shut in New Jersey, authorities said.
Bergen County prosecutors said Thursday that 35-year-old Kazem Shirinzad was issued a summons after the kitten was found May 16 in Fort Lee.
Authorities said the cat was treated at an animal hospital and will later be available for adoption.
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Bergen County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center director Deborah Yankow told The Record that the kitten — nicknamed Olive Oil because of the way she was found — is doing well but is still greasy.
Authorities said Shirinzad worked in New Jersey near where the cat was found outside a high-rise in Fort Lee.
A phone number for Shirinzad could not be found. Information on an attorney for Shirinzad was not immediately available.
A GoFundMe page for Olive Oil's veterinary care has raised more than $1,785 for the kitten.
Anyone who sees instances of animal cruelty should call the Bergen County SPCA at 201-573-8900.