On June 3 the Monmouth County New Jersey SPCA Law Enforcement Division responded to a serious hoarding situation at a private residence.
When they got there, they could not believe how many dogs they saw. Now, the rescued pups are starting to find new homes.
Inside the residence of Charlene Hutchins and her husband were an astonishing 270 dogs. Of those roughly 270, an estimated 20 to 25 dogs were pregnant. This would ultimately pushed the number of rescues well over 300.
During their initial investigations, the Monmouth County SPCA discovered that all of their dogs were in varying levels of health and filthy. The living conditions were deplorable according to officials, and the animals were not spayed or neutered and needed to be microchipped.
The St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center took in most of the pups. 141 pups were taken into their facility. The remaining dogs were placed in other facilities or in foster care until adoption. With that many dogs, it is a huge task to undertake. The dogs are slowly being placed up for adoption as they become healthy enough.
The new homes will be a wonderful improvement from their cramped and dirty living arrangements. Many of the dogs were in decent health, despite their living conditions. Beginning this weekend, 42 of the 141 are being placed up for adoption. The first dog has already been taken home by one of the shelter’s own.
Alaina Casha (pictured left), a regular volunteer at the shelter, immediately fell in love with a yet unnamed French Bulldog mix. This lovable little pup became the first of many dogs who will be adopted into loving homes in the coming weeks.
Charges have not yet been brought against the couple, but prosecutors are planning to lodge several hundred counts of animal cruelty against the couple for hoarding that many animals.
The Monmouth County SPCA are welcoming donations to help care for all the dogs. They have already received mountains of donated blankets and pillows and rabies vaccines for all the dogs in their care. In order to care for the dogs, they are planning to neuter and spay all the dogs. They estimate that the cost of the surgeries will come to over $10,000. Donations of money, food, toys, and blankets are being welcomed by the SPCA and St. Hubert’s hospital while the remaining dogs await adoption.
The Monmouth County SPCA is asking for donations to be sent to this address:
PO Box 93
Eatontown NJ 07724