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NJ woman pleads guilty to animal cruelty

Local News | Jul 29, 2014

NJ woman pleads guilty to animal cruelty

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A longtime volunteer with the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges.

Gretchen Rell entered her plea Monday in court in Monmouth County.

Authorities say they found more than 300 dead birds and animals in the 56-year-old’s Little Silver home.

Her attorney says the wildlife volunteer was overwhelmed by the number of animals in her care.

The Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/X8y7ZE ) reports under terms of the plea agreement, Rell will be sentenced to probation in September. She’ll also have to undergo mental health treatment, serve 30 days of community service, have no contact with the SPCA and shall not own, reside with or take into care or custody any pet.