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PATERSON, New Jersey (WABC) -- Six emaciated kittens found in New Jersey on Wednesday were starved, stuffed in carriers, and abandoned in an alley, an animal refuge said.

The kittens were spotted on Oak Street in Paterson.

They were overheated inside the crowded carriers and had urinated on themselves.

Animal control picked up the kittens, and the Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge (RBARI) provided them with emergency medical evaluations and urgent care.

At just 8 pounds and 8-weeks-old, this tiny pit bull puppy named Peanut was found abandoned on the streets of Paterson with head trauma that left his gums torn off, face swollen, a broken jaw, and old injuries from a traumatic attack. He was immediately hospitalized in a joint effort thanks to Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge and Jersey Pits rescue and received emergency surgery that would save his life.

The Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge (RBARI) and Jersey Pits rescue named him 'Peanut,' because he weighed just eight pounds when he was found.

In pain, and struggling to eat, Peanut was rushed into emergency surgery to repair his mandible and clean wounds in his mouth.

Officials from RBRI say the surgery was a success, but the road to recovery will be long. He is still struggling to eat, and remains at an animal hospital.

NEW JERSEY - Two frail, malnourished, and injured kittens found in a sewer in New Jersey a few weeks ago are doing much better now but still have a long road to full recovery.

When Paterson Animal Control pulled the kittens from a cold, damp city sewer earlier this month, they were fighting internal parasites. One cat couldn't walk properly.

Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge Inc., or RBARI, took the little cats in for treatment and care. Dubbed Leonardo and Donatella (in a cute reference to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), the kittens got immediate medical care and now are eating well, gaining weight, and even playing, according to RBARI's Amy Hofer. They are in a foster home for the time being.

PASSAIC COUNTY, N.J. - A dozen animals were rescued from an apartment where their owner had passed away days before.

The Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge released pictures of the 11 dogs and one cat.

The refuge says some of the animals had not left their owner's side.

Two animal welfare organizations rescued 11 dogs and one cat from a Passaic County home last week, the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge said Wednesday.

RBARI, an Oakland-based shelter, and the Second Chance Pet Adoption League, a foster rescue in Morris County, held a joint effort to rescue the 12 animals after their owner was found dead as a result of a welfare check, the animal shelter said in a press release.

Bluebell, left, and Ronnie, right, are long-timers at the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc.

Ramapo is “the number one no-kill shelter in Bergen County,” Ms. Ofrane said. “We partner with a whole bunch of other rescues and shelters,” and it does much good work.

Ms. Ofrane’s work at the shelter has made clear how many dogs and cats still need homes, especially and, surprisingly, after Covid.

"Who is dumping terrified German Shepherds throughout Northern North Jersey?"

That's the question animal care officials and police want to know after at least eight dogs were found abandoned throughout different neighbors in North Jersey.

The mysterious cases of animal neglect appear to be connected, officials at the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge said this week.

So far, at least 10 German shepherds have been found, and it appears they all came from the same place.

“The best we can tell is that somebody was breeding them. We typically would say it’s a backyard breeder, so somebody who clearly is not doing it responsibly,” said Megan Brinster of Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge.

Shelby and another one were taken to the Ramapo-Bergen in Oakland. Brinster is executive director of the refuge.

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