By now you may have heard of the hoarding case in Howell, NJ, where almost 300 small dogs were living in one single family home. We at Associated Humane Societies have been involved with rescuing animals from hoarding situations many, many times in the past but this many dogs in one home is astounding, even for us.
On Friday, June 3rd, our AHS Tinton Falls Animal Control Officer was called out to Bennett Road in Howell, NJ to retrieve a loose dog and when he got the little dog, he was alerted to the situation going on in the home where the dog came from. Once he discovered that there were multiple dogs in the home, he had to investigate. What he found was just astonishing.
There were dogs everywhere ...… some were even in the walls. The conditions were absolutely deplorable in the home. Our ACO alerted law enforcement of the situation and several animal welfare organizations came out to the home as well. The conditions were so horrendous that hazmat gear needed to be worn to enter the home and even then, many of the rescuers had difficulty tolerating the stench. The rescue effort between the multiple animal welfare agencies took the entire day and at last count, 276 dogs have been removed from the home. The homeowners were cooperative, but failed to see what they had done wrong. Animal cruelty charges are pending.
We at Associated Humane Societies have taken 60 of these dogs into our care and are anxious to get them all on the road to recovery. Most of the dogs have never left the home before so this whole ordeal has absolutely terrified them. Although the dogs were well fed, they were completely neglected otherwise.
Some have health issues, some had recently had puppies and one dog actually gave birth during the rescue mission. All of the dogs were heavily infested with fleas and are dirty and matted. All will require grooming and some will need to be shaved. Our veterinarians have given the initial vaccines and microchips and next, the dogs will groomed, spayed and neutered. We expect to find some medical issues with some of the dogs but hopefully nothing too serious. After all of that is done, the real work begins.
This rescue mission, along with the many special needs cases that we have taken in as of late, has put a major strain on our Res-Q Fund. If you are able to make a donation toward the care of these many dogs, please donate to our Res-Q Fund or text HumaneHelp to 41444.
All three of our AHS facilities took part in this rescue and could also use donations of Blue Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe for Toy Breeds, Pedigree Small Bites, Pedigree canned food, and small dog harnesses. Donations can be dropped off at any of our three shelter locations.
Thank you all for your support ….. we could not help these animals in need without your help.
Check out our June 8th update on the Howell dogs.