- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

MILFORD, N.J. (AP) - The head of a northwestern New Jersey animal shelter is facing 18 counts of animal cruelty.

Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony Kearns III and state SPCA officials say 84-year-old Theresa Carlson of Milford failed to provide proper sustenance to nine cats at the Hunterdon Humane Animal Shelter. She faces up to six months in prison if convicted.

Carlson was arrested Tuesday, but it wasn’t made public until Wednesday. She was released on her own recognizance.

On Wednesday, a judge approved the SPCA’s request to have Carlson removed as the shelter’s director and president. A telephone number for Carlson could not be located, and it wasn’t known if she’s retained an attorney.

The charges stem from an investigation by the prosecutor’s office, the SPCA and the state departments of Health and Agriculture.

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