20 Dogs Dead, Nearly 200 Rescued From Squalid Hoarding Situation in New Jersey

20 Dogs Dead, Nearly 200 Rescued From Squalid Hoarding Situation in New Jersey

News Staff

Nearly 200 dogs were rescued from a nightmare hoarding situation in New Jersey on Tuesday — some pregnant, many sick and most having had only limited human contact.

Law enforcement sources said the dogs were rescued from the home of a prominent breeder, whose dogs have won Best in Breed awards from the Westminster Kennel Club. It was not immediately clear if the breeder was facing charges.

The Monmouth County SPCA said it was called to the undisclosed location in Hunterdon County on Tuesday, where it found 20 dogs dead and hundreds more living in a home and garage in squalid conditions.

“All of these dogs seem to have had limited human contact and minimal to no veterinary care,” the organization said in appealing for donations to help get the animals treated. As of Wednesday morning it had raised more than $12,000 for their care.

Photos of the dogs released by the MCSPCA show emaciated animals with matted hair, clouded eyes and a variety of other apparent ailments.

Given the amount of treatment and assessment required, the group said it would be weeks before any of the rescued dogs — almost entirely terriers and dachshunds — would be available for adoption.

Representatives of the Westminster Kennel Club were not immediately available to comment.

This week’s incident was the latest in a string of gruesome dog hoarding finds in New Jersey.

In June 2018, authorities charged a man who was living in squalor with more than 40 dogs. In late 2016, a couple plead guilty to charges after authorities found 276 dogs hoarded in their home.