Officials rescued 20 dogs that were living in filthy conditions at two different locations in Jackson Township, New Jersey.
Investigators say 14 dogs, many of them only five months old, were found inside a dirty garage in Jackson Township last week with no ventilation or windows.
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“They were completely covered with mats and feces and dried urine,” said Steven Dash of the Humane Society of Atlantic County.
Home Free Animal Rescue of Red Bank, New Jersey removed the dogs from the garage Thursday. Officials then rescued six more dogs Wednesday that were living in another filthy home in Jackson Township about 15 minutes away from the garage. Investigators say the same woman owns both properties and initially reached out to officials, saying she was overwhelmed.
“It’s not right for any animal or person to live in conditions like that,” said Michaela Carlamere of the Humane Society of Atlantic County.
Several South Jersey shelters are now caring for the dogs. Officials say the puppies are so scared of people that it could take months before they’re ready for adoption.
“They have a lot of work because they’ve missed the most impressionable time with people as far as being handled,” Carlamere said.
Investigators say aside from suffering from extreme stress, the rescued dogs are in relatively good health.
The New Jersey SPCA is handling the investigation and authorities are conducting interviews. So far no charges have been filed.