It is inconceivable that live animals should be treated in such a haphazard cruel manner where they languished in filthy, insect-filled cages.
Thankfully, a neighboring contractor called the Hillside Police Dept. who notified the AHS. The Society dispatched a few ambulances, Animal Control Officers & staff to the scene to rescue the animals. Due to the amount of debris and cages, it was a difficult dilemma in insuring that all were rescued and no animals left behind..
As soon as the hoarding situation hit the internet, AHS received a call concerning a second home and shed in Newark and after gaining access to the property, we surmise that it has been months/years of animals that lived and died in some of those empty cages.
After a discussion with the homeowner, she decided to release ownership to AHS.
The Hillside home included 20 small dogs that were covered in fleas to such an extent that it caused skin problems, hair loss. Also taken were 71 doves, 20 pigeons, parakeets, cockatiels and more. The Newark house was in similar condition and included rabbits, turtles, finches, lovebirds, canaries, parakeets and a few other birds, not yet identified. It is unbelievable that these birds were able to survive living in filthy, excrement-crusted miniscule cages. The cages had been tossed about and were difficult to locate.
AHS has some of the small dogs at our Newark shelter and sent the remainder to our Tinton Falls and Forked River facility. All of the dogs have had their own spa day and deserve a loving, lasting responsible owner. Comfort and consolation …. and soft bedding is a luxury to these lost souls.
It is our feeling that the situation involving the hoarding of animals will continue with these people. There was no shame; only self-righteous excuses.
In addition to the rescue over the past few days, we have also had to take in 33 cats from an owner who died, 40 cats from an evicted apartment and 7 Mastiffs that are presently held for a cruelty investigation.
All of the foregoing has pressed our efforts to make a difference in those animals' lives and is exactly what our mission entails. Our Res-Q Fund has been equipped to handle these emergency situations that need immediate care. The Fund is now in need of more donations and also pet food, kitty litter, newspapers, treats, and more! Or you can text HumaneHelp to 41444. For more information, call us at 973-824-7080 or e-mail us.
Below you can take a tour of the conditions of where pathetic animals languished in the most horrendous way.