NEW JERSEY, N.Y. — A couple is under investigation, after the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) discovered 276 dogs crammed into the their home on June 2nd. The dogs were living in deplorable conditions within the 1,880 square foot home at the time of the rescue. The majority of the dogs were Chihuahua’s, Pugs and Yorkshire Terriers, and they were covered in urine and fleas when found.
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The couple has been revealed as Joseph and Charlene Hendricks, and according to authorities they are cooperating with them during this investigation. Ross Licitra, executive director and police chief working the case, says that he is meeting with the prosecutor this week to determine whether charges should be laid against them. According to Licitra, he doesn’t want to see them facing jail time but believes a psychiatric evaluation should be conducted and there should be some sort of animal ban administered to them- he suggested that they can only own 4-5 dogs at a time. Licitra also acknowledges that they will get the couple the psychiatric help they need.
Post-rescue, most of the dogs have been taken S. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center where they are undergoing tests. It is has been said that two of the dogs have since had puppies. The remainder of the dogs are either at the SPCA or the Homeward Bound Adoption Center. The dogs will be ready for adoption in roughly two weeks.