LAKEWOOD – Police are looking into allegations that a group of Lakewood school children were seen abusing a kitten recently.
On October 3, a post by Calling All Cats Rescue in Jackson detailed the incident, stating that they were “disgusted by the human race” after a Good Samaritan reported the incident to them.
“Today we rescued this baby after a Good Samaritan in Lakewood found school children hurting this poor baby they were sticking sticks up his rectum and they damaged his jaw by tossing him around and kicking him,” read the post.
According to the rescue, the concerned citizen that witnessed the group of children abusing the kitten claimed to have filed a police report.
In response to these events, Lakewood Police Capt. Gregory Staffordsmith informed that, after an extensive search, police do not have any record of anyone reporting this event.
“However, additional follow up will take place today to try and confirm or dispel the allegation,” Staffordsmith added.
Calling All Cats noted in the original post that the kitten was examined by Dr. Behan and is expected to be examined again at the Barnegat Animal Clinic.
“This poor kitten has been thru so much we at calling all cats will make sure we do everything to make sure he is safe for the rest of his life,” read the post.
On Thursday night, Staffordsmith sent Jersey Shore Online and other media outlets the following statement:
The Lakewood Police Department is investigating the allegation regrading the abuse of a kitten by local students.
While we realize the frustration felt by many in the delay in updated information, however, the Lakewood Police Department makes every effort to gather and investigate facts so that we can make an informed and intelligent release in conjunction with conducting a thorough investigation.
To date, we have spoken with one of the two Good Samaritans who discovered the injured kitten while walking down Laurel Avenue approximately four days ago.
Prior to the discovery she observed what she believe to be a group of younger boys gathered around the kitten. Fearing that the group was actively engaged in harming the young animal she ran towards them causing them to scatter.
Upon returning to the area, another woman was with the kitten. After a brief discussion one of the samaritans decided that they would harbor the injured kitten while the other stated that they would contact the police.
At the the time of this release we have not received any official report regarding the incident.
After nursing the kitten, who has been renamed by the Samaritan as “Mickey”, for several days she decided to contact the local rescue group Calling All Cats for further assistance.
Further investigation revealed that Rescuer Sara Cameron was tending to Mickey pending a complete examination by Dr. Behan of the Barnegat Animal Clinic.
Efforts were made throughout the day to discuss Mickeys condition, however, his appointment wasn’t until late this afternoon.
Just a short time ago Dr. Behan confirmed that Mickey did suffer from a broken rib and irritation to his anus. However, he is expected to make a full recovery.
This investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information regrading the incident or the identity of the second Samaritan is urged to contact the Lakewood Police Department at 732-363-0200.