- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) - A grand jury has indicted a Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals volunteer on animal cruelty charges.

Authorities say they found more than 300 dead birds and animals in a Little Silver home that 56-year-old Gretchen Rell shared with her 95-year-old mother.

Authorities say the SPCA wildlife volunteer had taken in numerous animals for the purpose of rehabilitation between January 2013 and March 2014. But officials say the animals died of starvation and dehydration instead.

Rell would face up to five years in prison if convicted of the charges.

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