First of 276 rescued dogs from hoarding case adopted

The first of 276 dogs rescued from an animal hoarding situation in New Jersey has been adopted.

On Wednesday afternoon, Alaina Casha adopted a dog that was pulled from a house in Howell. Casha said the family has not decided on a name, but "Lucky" or "Second Chance" are possibilities.

All 276 dogs have undergone different levels of clinical aid since their rescue including vaccinations, microchip implants, as well as being spayed or neutered. Many suffer from skin problems due to the deplorable living conditions in the cramped house.

Chief Ross Licitra, of the Monmouth County SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Division, described the scene at the Howell home as "the worst animal hoarding situation ever in Monmouth County."

According to Chief Licitra, the couple could be "facing a minimum of 276 charges of animal cruelty which could result in over $100,000 in fines."

However, no charges will be set until after a meeting with the prosecutor's office, which is scheduled for Monday.

The SPCA was asking for donations because of the influx of dogs.  They say they need to provide vaccinations, microchips, spay/neuter surgeries, food, and shelter. It costs around $20 per day, per dog, according to the group.

The group says it was looking for foster homes to care for the dogs but was unsure when any of them would be up for adoption.

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