ROSELLE PARK, NJ  - Police officers in Roselle Park responded to a residence on the 300 block of W. Clay Ave for a landlord-tenant dispute that revealed 11 cats residing inside the residence were living in inhumane conditions. 

Roselle Park Police Humane Officer Gregory Polakoski responded along with Animal Control Officer Alexander Balaban and Dr. Karen Negrin to investigate. Inside, authorities said they found cats being kept in separate rooms with animal feces and heavy mold throughout the residence. 

Officials said all 11 cats located inside the residence were rescued along with 3 additional cats that were residing outside the residence on the property. 

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Police said the owner of all the cats, James P. Minitelli, age 53 from Roselle Park was arrested and charged with one count of Animal Cruelty (4th Degree). Minitelli has been issued a summons with a Union County Superior Court date and released on his own recognizance. 

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