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New Jersey woman with 61 cats and a dog faces animal cruelty charges

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FLEMINGTON, New Jersey — An alleged New Jersey animal hoarder was charged with animal cruelty Sunday after officials found dozens of cats and a dog in her apartment.

Toni Ising, 61, was hit with 44 counts of inflicting unnecessary cruelty to animals, according to the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The group came to her apartment after getting reports of a strong animal urine smell coming from Ising’s Flemington apartment, said Matt Stanton, NJSPCA spokesman. They found 61 cats, including a litter of nursing kittens, and a dog.

Many of the cats looked sick and had discharge from the eyes and nose, Stanton said. Animal control removed the cats and dog for medical examinations.

The Flemington Boro fire marshal condemned Ising’s apartment as unfit for living, Stanton said. Ising is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 25.