Ridgefield Park Animal Hospital had been housing more than 40 German shepherd dogs and puppies in cramped, crowded, and inhumane conditions when the Bergen County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Bergen County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center in Teterboro stepped in on Monday night to rescue the dogs reported nj.com.
The dogs had been living in crates; many unable to even stand up. Puppies, some only a few weeks old, were crammed into smaller kennels. Many of the dogs lived in crates in the hallways and basement.
Of the 40 dogs seized after a tip from a concerned neighbor, 11 of the dogs were returned to their owners.
The other dogs will be evaluated by veterinarians and are not available for adoption at this time. The Facebook page of the Bergen County Animal Shelter posted on Monday asking people to be patient while the dogs are settling in and getting comfortable:
"Although we are grateful for the outpouring of our enthused fans to adopt these dogs, we are asking members of the public to hold off on contacting the shelter. Each dog will have to go through a behavioral and medical evaluation. Once complete, we will place the dogs up for adoption. If you require any further information, please keep an eye on our Facebook page as well as our Petfinder page, where we will try to provide updates when possible."
Dr. Paul Kim, the owner and veterinarian at the Ridgefield Park Animal Hospital was unavailable for any statements.
An investigation is currently in progress. Animal cruelty charges could be filed.
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