HOWELL NJ – Late Wednesday, September 28th, the Monmouth County SPCA Law Enforcement Division seized 12 dogs and 2 horses from a residence on Fort Plains Road in Howell Twp. NJ.
The Monmouth County SPCA Humane Police were alerted to the situation by Animal Control Officers who were investigating a horse running loose in the area. The Animal Controls Officers from the Associated Humane Society, who are contracted by Howell Twp. for animal control services, recovered the horse and determined it had escaped from 834 Fort Plains Rd. When the officers returned the stray horse, they discovered that the horse along with another horse and 12 dogs living in the rear of the property were all living in deplorable conditions.
When MCSPCA Officers arrived on scene and investigated the situation, they discovered that the dogs were in very poor condition suffering from severe matting, overgrown nails, skin and ear infections, visible tumors and cover in fleas. With the assistance of the Howell Twp. Police Department and the Howell Twp. Code Enforcement Officers, MCSPCA Officers seized the two horses and 12 dogs. The 2 horses were transported to a local farm to be held pending further developments. The 12 dogs were taking to the Monmouth County SPCA in Eatontown. The owner of the animals, who resides at 834 Fort Plains Road, has agreed to surrender the 12 dogs to the MCSPCA and will subsequently be charged with several counts of animal cruelty.
The medical staff at the MCSPCA has begun to vaccinate, deworm, apply flea/tick preventative and microchip the dogs in preparation for further medical and behavioral assessment. In the meantime, the Monmouth County SPCA is in need of monetary donations to provide medical treatment, food, supplies and care to the dogs while they await placement. All donations can be made online via www.monmouthcountyspca.org, through the mail via MCSPCA, Howell Case, 260 Wall Street, Eatontown NJ 07724, or over the phone by calling 732-440-1556.
About the Monmouth County SPCA
The Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded in 1945 to care for the community's homeless, neglected and abused animals. Our mission is to protect and advocate for all animals.
We are dedicated to enforcing animal cruelty laws; providing a safe haven for homeless, abused and abandoned pets while they await adoption; reducing pet over-population through spay/neutering; and cultivating their humane treatment through education and service . In 2015 we cared for more than 4,000 animals. The Monmouth County SPCA relies solely on private donations to fund these important initiatives.
We provide services to the community including pet adoptions, low cost spay/neuter services, a weekly vaccine clinic, dog training and behavior, humane law enforcement, lost and found, trap neuter and return for free- roaming cats, humane education, pet therapy, and a pet food pantry that helps provide pet food and supplies for low-income families.