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New Jersey couple had 276 dogs living in their home; SPCA to meet with prosecutors on charges

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A New Jersey couple kept 276 dogs living in deplorable conditions in their home in the worst “animal hoarding” case in their county’s history, officials said.

Ross Licitra, the executive director and police chief of the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, will meet with prosecutors this week as investigators consider charges against the Howell Township couple, he said Sunday. The couple is cooperating with the review of the shocking discovery Thursday night at the two-story, 1,880-square-foot Bennett Rd. home, Licitra told the Asbury Park Press.

SPCA investigators examined the house of the man and woman identified by the Pressas Charlene and Joseph Hendricks after an animal control officer from the Associated Humane Society responded to a report of a dog missing there Thursday. An emergency crew in hazmat suits later evacuated the dogs of many breeds, mostly pugs, chihuahuas and Yorkshire terriers.

The dogs were sitting on bookshelves and makeshift platforms, with some even running around inside walls, Licitra told NJ.com. None of the dogs ages 4 years old to 15 minutes old had been vaccinated, spayed or neutered or treated for fleas, according to investigators. Their paws displayed filth from walking among their feces and urine, Licitra said.

SPCA investigators examined the house of the man and woman identified by the Pressas Charlene and Joseph Hendricks after an animal control officer from the Associated Humane Society responded to a report of a dog missing there Thursday. An emergency crew in hazmat suits later evacuated the dogs of many breeds, mostly pugs, chihuahuas and Yorkshire terriers.

The dogs were sitting on bookshelves and makeshift platforms, with some even running around inside walls, Licitra told NJ.com. None of the dogs ages 4 years old to 15 minutes old had been vaccinated, spayed or neutered or treated for fleas, according to investigators. Their paws displayed filth from walking among their feces and urine, Licitra said.

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