276 dogs have been rescued from a home in Howell, New Jersey. Authorities are referring to the scene as “an extreme hoarding situation.”
The dogs were subjected to terrible living conditions. Many of them were living on bookshelves and platforms throughout the home. Some dogs were even found inside the walls.
One dog was found giving birth.
The floor inside the home was covered in dog feces and urine. Rescuers report that the home smelt “foul.”
More than 270 dogs rescued from Howell hoarding house. https://t.co/JPwmzQlI3I
— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) June 4, 2016
Officials from the SPCA, Associated Humane Society of Tinton Falls, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, local police, and the county sheriff’s office, health department and hazmat team united at the scene to rescue and treat the animals.
An emergency care area was set up outside the home to treat the dogs before they were transported to shelters. About 80 dogs were vaccinated before they ran out of supplies.
“Most of these dogs have never seen the outside of their house before,” said chief law enforcement officer for the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ross Licitra. “This is actually the worst hoarding case that we’ve ever experienced ever here in the history of Monmouth County.”