FREEHOLD, NJ — The killing of two young cats found on a trash can in Asbury Park earlier this week is under investigation by law enforcement officials.

The public is being asked to help identify the individual responsible for the “cruel killing” of the black- and white-colored cats, whose bodies were found by authorities on February 18 on a garbage can near the 1200 block of Grand Avenue, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

Both cats, which were about a year old, suffered significant trauma. Evidence collected at the scene suggests that this may not be an isolated incident, the office said in a press release.

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A joint investigation is under way by the Monmouth County SPCA Division and the Asbury Park police department. In addition to seeking information on who was involved in the cats’ deaths, they also are looking for their owners.

Anyone with information can contact either the Monmouth County SPCA Animal Cruelty Hotline at 877-898-7297 or the Asbury Park Police Department at 732-774-1300.

Anyone who wants to remain anonymous can call the Monmouth County Crime Stoppers’ confidential tip-line at 1-800-671-4400. Tipsters can also text “MONMOUTH” and their tip to 274637 or they can email a tip via the website at www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com.