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Rescued From Hoarders: 276 Dogs Are Given A Second Chance At Life


All 276 dogs have been adopted after a disturbing case of animal hoarding, where canines were stuffed on bookshelves and in the walls of a New Jersey home.

Four newborn puppies will also be available for adoption in the next 8 to 10 weeks. 

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Following a massive rescue operation earlier this month, the dogs were brought to the St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center where they received several vaccinations, spaying or neutering services, as well as treatment for skin infections.

The troubling case began June 6 when animal control was called about a dog that had gotten loose from a home.

Additionally, the Monmouth County SPCA received a call from a home in Howell, where they suspected 60 to 80 dogs were cramped inside the living space.

The St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, along with other partner shelters, assisted with the rescue and found more than 200 dogs living within walls and bookshelves.           

Ross Licitra, chief of law enforcement for the SPCA, described the situation as “one of the worst cases of dog hoarding” he’s ever seen.

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 “The dogs were suffering from skin burns and most of them were still covered in urine.” Heather Cammisa, president and CEO of St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, told InsideEdition.com.

The animal cruelty allegations were discussed in a meeting at the prosecutor’s office on Monday.

The case is currently still under investigation.

Although most of the dogs have been adopted, St. Hubert’s is still in need of donations and families for the newborns.

“Any little bit counts,” said Cammisa. “But we are truly grateful for all the tremendous help we have received.”  

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