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N.J. dog owners who pleaded guilty to neglect fighting to regain custody of dogs

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Twelve dogs are recuperating at the Associated Humane Societies in Newark, N.J. who were rescued from egregious conditions when authorities found them chained at a Nassau Street in Orange home's backyard living in their own feces and not being fed reported

The owners are now trying to regain custody of the dogs.

On June 9, authorities had been investigating complaints about the residents of the home stealing electricity from their neighbors, when the dogs were discovered. The dogs displayed bite marks and rescuers suspect the dogs were used as "bait dogs" for training fighting dogs. The investigation continued and found needles and B-12 in the home, but authorities were never able to prove a dog fighting operation.

The owners of the dogs, Terrell Jones and Shean Crawford pleaded guilty to animal neglect and the failure to license the dogs. Shean Crawford was sentenced to 280 hours of community service and a $600 fine, and Jones was sentenced to 90 hours of community service and a $300 fine.

According to the Associated Humane Societies in Newark, assistant executive director, Scott Crawford, the dogs' owners have visited the dogs several times and want their animals returned:

"These animals should not go where they were. We don't want to see history repeating itself."

The organization states they will fight any attempts to return the dogs to such terrible conditions again.

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