In yet another intolerable act of cruelty, two Jersey City Animal Control Officers — Aaron Jordan and John Marsh Jr. — picked up a grey tabby on a call at a residence in Jersey City and then dumped it in Lincoln Park rather than follow protocol and take it to Liberty Animal Shelter. It was later discovered that the cat –Daisy– lived next door to the residence where the tabby was picked up.
When the cat’s owner, Morgan Metius, discovered that Daisy had been picked up, she contacted Animal Control to retrieve the cat. After denials from Animal Control, she found out from one of the officers that Daisy had been dumped in an undeveloped area of Lincoln Park, over a mile from her home. “I find it unbelievable that they did something like this,” Metius said this weekend. “And what’s worse, the officer said he has been doing this for years.” Daisy is an indoor cat that never goes outdoors.
Local animal lovers have called for a complete overhaul of the Animal Control office. In the wake of this incident, Officers Jordan and Marsh were removed from fielding animal control calls but will still work in the Journal Square Animal Control office.
Metius and her boyfriend still searching for Daisy, setting up a trap to catch the 10-pound grey tabby. Incredibly, when they searched Lincoln Park this weekend, her boyfriend allegedly observed and photographed another animal control officer dumping a cat in the area where they were searching.
Councilman Steve Fulop (PH 201: 547-5315) is also conducting an investigation.
If you have seen Daisy, particularly in the Mercer Street area or in Lincoln Park, please call (646) 644-9701.