In the News: 276 Dogs Rescued from Hoarder

The call came in a few short weeks after 250 dogs were rescued from Korea (See “In the News: Dogs Rescued from Korea” in the previous “Mutts”.)

276 dogs were found in what turned out to be the worst hoarding case in the history of Monmouth County, New Jersey. They were found inside an 1880 square foot home. Many were located on bookshelves and makeshift platforms. Some were even inside the walls.

Rescuers arrived to pull dozens of dogs, including pug, Chihuahua and Yorkshire terrier puppies, out of the house permeated with the smell of urine and feces. Most dogs were in fair condition. Some, however, needed emergency veterinary care and oxygen.

IMG_2837 (1) St. Hubert’s transported 141 of the dogs, including new and pregnant moms, to their campuses in Madison and North Branch, New Jersey.

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Soon afterwards, ABC Eyewitness News, WPIX 11, New Jersey 12, and Telemundo arrived at St. Hubert’s in Madison, to cover the story.

After the news aired, lines went out of St. Hubert’s doors and down the sidewalk with people wanting to meet these wonderful animals. Applications for adoption rolled in.

Howell pup in cageBy June 9, Willie, the first of the dogs under St. Hubert’s care was picked up and went to his new home.

All dogs that were available for adoption at St. Hubert’s are spoken for and look forward to bright futures. There are a small handful of dogs that need additional help acclimating and are in foster care.

Mom and pupsPlus, some “Mamas” who are currently caring for their babies will need loving homes once the puppies are available for adoption.

Unfortunately animal hoarding is a disturbing and growing trend that can begin with the best of intentions. Often people are just trying to help stray animals and get in over their heads. Sometimes they don’t have the money to get the animals neutered and don’t realize how quickly they will reproduce. For example, two kittens can turn into a collection of 20 cats in less than a year.

5 signs that you are living near an animal hoarder:

1) There is a terrible smell coming from the hoarder’s property.

2) A hoarder rarely lets anyone inside his or her house and often keeps it closed up, with curtains drawn and blinds closed and sometimes “No Trespassing” signs to keep people away.

3) The hoarding of objects often makes its way outside an animal hoarder’s house; look for piles of newspapers on the porch, trash bags strewn across the lawn and property that is in general disrepair.

4) There may be a large number of animals running around outside.

5) A hoarder may make frequent trips to veterinarians, but may never bring back the same animal for follow-up. They visit multiple veterinarians, often failing to pay their bills, and they often will bring in one animal but ask for enough medication to self-medicate many others.

SPCA officials say that if you know of a possible hoarder, you should call your local animal control officer or health department.

In addition to St. Hubert’s, the shelters listed below have welcomed dogs from this case into their care. Please contact them for more information regarding adoption opportunities.
Organization Town & State Contact Information
Monmouth County SPCA Eatontown, NJ 732-542-0040
Animal Alliance of NJ Lambertville, NJ  609-635-7006
Father John’s Animal House Lafayette, NJ 973-300-5909
Second Chance Oak Ridge, NJ 973-208-1054
Cold Nose Warm Heart Succasunna, NJ
Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge Oakland, NJ  201-337-5180
Dakin Humane Society Springfield, MA  413-781-4000
Associated Humane Societies Tinton Falls, NJ  732-922-0100

For more information on St. Hubert’s, as well as this dog rescue, log on to or call 973-377-5012.