Nearly 200 dogs rescued from New Jersey home of prominent breeder
Almost 200 dogs were rescued from the home of a well-known breeder in New Jersey, according to WNBC.
The Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) said Tuesday that it received a tip about an undisclosed location in Hunterdon County. Upon arriving, officers with the agency, along with detectives from the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office’s Major Crimes Unit and New Jersey State Police Kingwood barracks, found 20 dogs dead and 188 others — mostly terriers and dachshunds — living at the home and garage in filthy conditions.
"All of these dogs seem to have had limited human contact and minimal to no veterinary care," the organization said on Facebook.
The dogs belonged to a yet-to-be-identified breeder, whose dogs have won the Westminster Kennel Club's Best in Breed awards, authorities said. It was unclear whether the breeder would face charges.
The Monmouth County SPCA said it worked with St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center Tuesday morning to remove the dogs "from the squalor and bring them to safety." The animal welfare organization is now asking for donations to provide the canines with vaccinations, microchips, spay and neuter surgeries, food and shelter.
"Some of the dogs are pregnant and have masses and infections so will most definitely need extra care," it said.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the organization raised over $14,000 from more than 360 Facebook users.
In a release obtained by the Bridgewater Courier News, the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office addressed the situation on Wednesday and said an investigation is ongoing.
"A search of the home and other buildings located on the property uncovered over 170 dogs believed to be neglected," the release said. "In addition, another 30 dogs were previously surrendered by the home owners."
The dogs are currently not up for adoption because they have yet to familiarize themselves with humans, the Monmouth County SPCA added. The organization expects the pups to be available to potential adopters within two to three weeks.
The most recent rescue comes just weeks after 136 dogs — many of which were Shih Tzus and Maltese poodles — were seized at a California home.