When 40 dogs were removed from the Ridgefield Park Animal Hospital after found to be living in crowded, cramped, and inhumane conditions, Bergen County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Bergen County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center in Teterboro stepped in to rescue the dogs reported northjersey.com.
Now the good news is that 29 pure-bred German shepherds will be made available for adoption when the dogs are healthy enough.
Deborah Yankow, the manager of the Bergen County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center in Teterboro stated the dogs were just wonderful:
"They seem to be okay health-wise except for some of the bone issues for being in the small cages, but otherwise they seem to be fairly healthy."
The organization's Facebook page posted the following concerning the future adoptions:
"The GSD's will not be available for another few weeks so please keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates. Please hold off on phone calls and emails until they are available. You are more than welcome to pick up an application FROM THE SHELTER if interested. All interested applicants MUST come to the shelter personally to complete a form. We will be collecting the applications and unfortunately cannot return phone calls or emails pertaining to the applications until the dogs are available."
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.
The dogs were owned by Edison Davalos, a vet technician who surrendered the dogs to the humane agencies. Davalos denies treating any of the dogs inhumanely.
A neighbor alerted authorities to the cruel conditions. Some of the puppies suffered from leg problems and have trouble moving their hind quarters. Authorities say the puppies were kept in too small and overcrowded cages and were deprived of needed physical exercise.
Many of the dogs and puppies are in foster care or at other rescues.
The owner of the Ridgefield Park Animal Hospital, Dr. Paul Kim has not issued any statements.
An investigation continues.
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