After momma cat drowns 5 kittens saved from raging floodwaters

After momma cat drowns 5 kittens saved from raging floodwaters during nor’easter. A Passaic County couple scooped five kittens from floodwaters raging through Clifton on Tuesday, rushing the unconscious felines to an emergency clinic where a team of veterinary professionals were able to save them.

The unidentified good Samaritan and her male friend were on their way to work about 6:30 a.m. when they saw an adult cat – presumably the mother – and one of her kittens go under the water and drown.

Nearby, five kittens who appeared to be unconscious were being swept away by the strong currents.

The couple said they grabbed a cat carrier and scooped up the surviving 20-week-old kittens – two tabbies and three tuxedos – and rushed them to Veterinary Emergency Group, an emergency, 24-hour animal hospital on Route 3 in Clifton.

“When the kittens came in they were hypothermic, they were clinging onto life,” said Emily Thomas, a certified veterinary nurse at the animal hospital.

Thomas said the normal temperature of a kitten is between 100 to 102. “Their thermometers weren’t reading, which means (their temperatures) were lower than 97,” she said.

The hospital’s veterinarian and several nurses and technicians worked to successfully revive the kittens, Thomas said.

“We got them dried up, we got them warmed up. We gave them a little bit of sugar, called dextrose solution, just to kind of get their blood sugar up a little bit,” she said.

Staffers then warmed the kittens with blankets and kept them comfortable until they could be moved to a rescue shelter that put them up for adoption.

The kittens were all male and the staffers at Veterinary Emergency Group decided to name them after hamburger condiments – Jalapeno, Cajun, Aioli, Lettuce and Tomato, Thomas said.

The kittens were resting comfortably Thursday at Smitten by Kittens in Morristown, where they are awaiting adoption, according to Denise St. Jean, a spokeswoman for Veterinary Emergency Group.

“All the treatments provided to the orphaned kittens while at VEG were complimentary,” St. Jean said.

Thomas said company policy prohibits her from naming the good Samaritans who rescued the kittens because the couple surrendered the animals to the veterinary hospital.

Smitten by Kittens is a not-for-profit rescue and fostering group in Morris County. For information on how to adopt, call 201-400-2450

A Teaneck man was arrested Wednesday and charged in the shooting death of a man in a local park in June, authorities said.

Jairrod Shannon, 20, faces a murder charge in the killing of Maximillian Reyes at 3:49 p.m. June 5, according to Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella.

Reyes, 20, called 911 after he was shot in the abdomen at Ammann Park in the 300 block of Fort Lee Road in Teaneck, investigators have said. He was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

“An investigation conducted by detectives from the Teaneck Police Department and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit revealed that Jairrod Shannon shot Maximillian Reyes,” Musella said in a statement. No motive was given.

Terence Rhue, 22, of Plainfield, is charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, first-degree robbery, second-degree burglary and two weapons offenses in a home invasion attack in Westfield on Oct 19.Union County jail

Neighborhood surveillance cameras led police to arrest the man accused in the home invasion and sexual assault of a Westfield resident earlier this month, according to authorities.

The video footage showed Terence Rhue, 22, of Plainfield, following the woman as she returned home from a late-morning walk on Oct. 19 and captured the license plate of the car he used to flee the attack, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in support of the charges.

When police took him into custody two days later, investigators recovered several of the gift cards reported stolen from the home along with the clothes Rhue was wearing at the time, authorities said. He faces charges of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, first-degree robbery, second-degree burglary and two weapons offenses.

Rhue was wearing a blue surgical mask and medical gloves as he followed the woman inside her home armed with a knife and sexually assaulted her, according to court documents. When he went to the kitchen, the woman tried to run to a rear door of the house, but was confronted by Rhue, authorities said. They struggled and the woman was able to pry the knife from Rhue’s hand while yelling for help, authorities said.

The woman escaped and ran to the house of a neighbor, who called 911, authorities said.

Various surveillance videos from the neighborhood show Rhue return to a car registered to his father and drive back to Plainfield, authorities said.

Authorities obtained a search warrant for Rhue’s home on Oct. 21 and found in the dryer the same clothes the man seen on surveillance video was wearing — a red hooded sweatshirt and maroon pants. Investigators also found the white sneakers the assailant wore. His wallet contained the items the woman reported stolen — a $100 Amazon gift card a $50 American Express gift card as well as gift cards from Target, Dunkin’ and Starbucks, according to the affidavit. Investigators also found a Walmart receipt that showed payment was made with $50 cash, the same amount reported stolen.

Rhue was arrested at the Plainfield house and remains held in the Union County jail Thursday morning.

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