New Jersey Dogs Rescued

Monmouth County SPCA

Roughly 200 Dogs Rescued From 'Massive Hoarding Situation'

June 12, 2019 - 4:23 pm

FLEMINGTON, N.J. (WCBS 880/AP) — Roughly 200 dogs have been rescued from what authorities say was a “massive hoarding situation'” at a New Jersey home.

Law enforcement officers and animal welfare groups went to the Hunterdon County home on Tuesday to remove the dogs. Officials said the animals seemed to have had limited human contact and minimal to no veterinary care, and many of the dogs were pregnant and/or had “masses and infections.”

The Monmouth SPCA took in about 25 of the now homeless pups. The group’s executive director, Ross Licitra, says it’s obvious some of these dogs have had little to no human interaction.

“They can become very shut down – they’re nervous or scared,” “As deplorable as their situation was, that’s home to them, and they don’t understand that they’re in a nice, clean environment right now where they’re being cared for. All they know is that they’re not where they belong.”

Licitra says with the work they put into the pups, in about two to three weeks, they’ll be ready for adoption.

The specific location of the home was not disclosed.

Officials say all of the animals will need vaccinations and will be dewormed, microchipped, and spayed or neutered.

The dogs were found in the home and in other buildings at the site.

Authorities haven't identified the property owner or said whether anyone will face charges in the matter.

(© 2019 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)