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.
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.