The Associated Humane Popcorn Park Shelter is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whoever threw a cat into a garbage can in Waretown.

The 6-month old black cat was found tossed away with the garbage along Barnegat Beach Drive in Waretown wearing a red collar and a flea collar and is doing better after being found frightened.

A homeowner came home and spotted that someone put a pet carrier near his garbage cans with a cat inside the bin.

An ACO worker from the Associated Human Popcorn Park Shelter then arrived on scene to free the cat.

"Here at AHS/Popcorn Park, we have an ACO like Maria, who makes it her life's work to rescue every wayward animal from the dangers of the streets, and good, dedicated staff who dedicate their lives to the betterment of animal's lives, which is why we are truly sick and tired of seeing defenseless animals being treated this way. Hopefully if we keep telling their stories, maybe more people will speak up on their behalf. Maybe we'll get the message across that this must stop."

The cat, now named Cinnamon, because he "smelled like Christmas when he arrived" is in better spirits and the AHS/Popcorn Park staff says that he is extremely sweet, friendly, and playful."

Anyone with information about the cat is asked to call 609-693-1900 or email office@ahsppz.org with any information.

You can also provide information to Ocean Township Police Detective Jeremy Samuel at 609-693-4007

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