“They’re frightened. You look in their eyes and they tell the whole story: This is all new to them.”
This is how Chief of Police and CEO of Monmouth County SPCA Ross Licitra described the 276 dogs that were pulled out and rescued from a Howell house that was found to be hoarding dogs recently.
According to the Monmouth County SPCA, it took a grueling 15 hours to rescue all dogs from a residential home on Friday. There were said to be “living in horrendous conditions,” never having “seen sunlight or felt a human touch.” Since then, the organization’s entire staff has been hard at work making sure every single rescued dog gets fed while “comfortable and free of fear.”
According to a report from Howell Patch, Licitra initially heard about the Howell house around a week ago, when an officer for the Associated Humane Socities in Tinton responded to a call regarding a loose dog. The officer heard some other dogs barking in the home and decided to call SPCA.
“He called the animal cruelty hotline and said, ‘You’ll want to check this out, it might be a hoarding situation,'” Licitra said.
On Thursday evening, Licitra found the middle-aged couple who owned the home from where the barking dogs were heard. The officers allowed at the front part of the house could make out about 80 dogs inside. Realizing the rescue effort will be massive, Licitra asked for help from organizations such as St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, The Associated Humane Society along with the Monmouth County Sheriffs Office, and the Howell Township Police Department.
The operation took most of an entire day, but in the end, all 276 dogs are now resting comfortably. Today, however, the SPCA is in need of aid as the recovery of the dogs spread their resources thin, with each dog costing around $20 per day in complete care.
Currently, the organization is accepting small and medium dog crates as well as dog food, blankets and towels. Meanwhile, you can also check out the SPCA Amazon Wish List to find out what you can send over to help. At the same time, they are also accepting offers from people willing to adopt a dog.
Although there are already many who have come forward to adopt the rescued dogs, Monmouth County SPCA said that it may take between one to two weeks for these dogs to be ready for adoption, as they still need to be medically cleared and spayed/neutered as well as assessed behaviorally.
Nonetheless, the SPCA said, “PLEASE REMEMBER we have PLENTY of dogs and cats waiting patiently at our shelter already for their homes!”
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