A couple's home in Cream Ridge, NJ housed 16 dogs. The couple contacted the Animal Welfare Association in Voorhees when they were being evicted from their home and decided that they didn't have enough resources to care for them anymore.
Some of the dogs came in with their bones showing. One of the dogs even had scars on its face from having to fight for food with the other dogs.
The dogs have been placed with no kill shelters and rescues. They are all on special diets and some are being treated for Lyme disease.
Assistance could have been provided if they had reached out for help.
"That sense of not being able to reach out, embarrassment about where the pets are and where their lives are creates a downward spiral. We see the pets suffer even more," says Maya Richmond of the Animal Welfare Association.
The shelter in Voorhees offers a vaccine clinic every week for only $15, which is really affordable compared to your average vet prices. The clinic helps over 4,000 pet owners a year.