Edison Davolos, a veterinary technician at the Ridgefield Park Animal Hospital in N.J. was charged on Wednesday with 71 counts of animal cruelty after a recent raid where 40 German shepherds were being kept in inhumane conditions reported northjersey.com.
The summonses were issued by the Bergen County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Animal Cruelty Task Force with the assistance of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office.
On May 4, authorities discovered 40 purebred German shepherds - some puppies still nursing from their mothers, living in crammed crates. Some of the dogs could not stand up, and a few of the puppies suffered temporary leg deformities from lack of exercise and space.
Davolos denies mistreating the dogs, and stated some of the dogs had been surrendered by their owners, and he was trying to find safe new homes for the animals.
According to the Bergen County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, the dogs will be available for adoption; the information will be announced in the future.
There are no charges against Dr. Paul Kim, the owner and veterinarian at the Ridgefield Park Animal Hospital.
A June 3 court date is scheduled. If found guilty, Davolos faces a maximum fine of $2,000 per complaint.
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