Update: Dogs seized from breeder’s home nearing adoption
By The Associated Press
The Latest on nearly 200 dogs that were rescued from a former award-winning breeder’s home (all times local):
The New Jersey animal shelter where nearly 200 dogs were taken after being rescued from a former breeder’s home says the dogs are recovering well and that some will be available for adoption in the next few days.
The dogs were removed from a home in western New Jersey on Tuesday.
A total of 188 were brought to the St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison.
Spokeswoman Nora Parker said Friday none of the dogs had life-threatening conditions or had to be taken to emergency animal hospitals. But she said some had skin or fur conditions that needed immediate treatment.
Parker says more than 100 of the dogs have since been transferred to other shelters to be readied for adoption.
County prosecutors continued to investigate, and no charges had been filed by Friday afternoon.
A former Westminster Dog Show winning breeder who co-owns a kennel where nearly 200 dogs were reportedly living in squalor says the kennel had fallen on hard times and began to have an “overflow” of the animals.
Martin Strozeski told The New York Times that he and his business partner “couldn’t give (the dogs) away,” calling the kennel “a hobby turned bad.”
Law enforcement officers and animal welfare groups went to the Kingwood home Tuesday to remove the dogs.
Officials said the animals seemed to have had limited human contact and minimal to no veterinary care. They noted that many were pregnant, had “masses and infections,” or both. But Strozeski said the condition of the dogs was exaggerated in reports.
No charges have been filed, but officials say the investigation remains under investigation.