This has been an extraordinarily awful summer for animals found to be living in deplorable conditions and kept by cruel and neglectful individuals. The only good news is that more and more people are speaking up on behalf of the animals, and we hope that trend will continue.
Our Associated Humane Societies Newark facility received a call Monday evening to assist with a situation in Irvington, NJ, where more than 20 dogs were being kept in a residence in dreadful conditions. Both adult and puppy boxer mix dogs were living in squalor in tiny cages and carriers filled with feces.
No owner was present at the time that the cruelty complaint was made nor could one be reached during the removal of these poor, frightened dogs. It looked as if it had been quite some time since the dogs were cared for by anyone as evidenced by the filth that they were living in and the malnourished appearance of most of the dogs. The case is currently under investigation by the NJ SPCA.
All of the dogs were taken out by our animal control officers from AHS-Newark and as you can see in some of the photos (see above), they were quite relieved to be handled with such kindness and compassion. Most of the puppies are completely emaciated and the adults look to be quite neglected.
It is not up to us to determine what the owners intent was for these poor dogs, but it is easy enough to surmise that they were not being treated as family pets.
They were all brought to our AHS Newark facility where they were given thorough examinations by our veterinarians, vaccinated, de-wormed, treated for fleas, then it was off for a good meal and some rest. The 20 plus dogs will remain in the custody of Associated Humane Societies three facilities until the investigation is completed where they will all recieve love, care, medical treatment, and whatever they need to get on with their lives as happy, healthy dogs.
Again, we ask for your help in caring for the latest group of animals that have come to us in desperate need of help. As you know, we have taken in several large groups of dogs and cats from various hoarding and cruelty cases in recent months. Our resources continue to be stretched, especially in the cases where the animals are not readily available for adoption and need several weeks/months of care before we are able to find them good homes. Please help and donate to our Res-Q Fund or donate with a text -- HumaneHelp to 41444
Thank you as always for your support, and we hope to have an update on this latest case of animal cruelty and neglect in the next couple of days.
You can also find this story on nj.com