Reports of a foul odor led authorities to a Lloyd Street apartment, where a dozen dead cats were reportedly found.
According to police, officials responded the the Nutley apartment on Sept. 14 along with health department officers after complaints of a stench emanating from the residence.
Upon arrival, police reportedly found approximately 12 dead and 13 severely neglected cats.
Officials have yet determined to how long the cats have been there nor what charges the unidentified tenant will face at the conclusion of the investigation.
Officials will continue to evaluate the surviving cats but it remains unclear when the cats will be put up for adoption.
The health inspector is working to determine whether or not the apartment can be inhabited.
The investigation is ongoing at this time, according to police.