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.

Up Next:


Up Next

  • First of 276 rescued dogs from hoarding case adopted
  • Police kill bear that was roaming in shore town
  • Russian news anchor's hilarious reaction when dog crashes live broadcast
  • Firefighters expect full containment in Mandeville brush fire in Brentwood
  • El Mirage family wakes up to spray painted racial slurs on home, neighborhood comes together to help
  • Community helps homeless veteran locate missing medical alert dog
  • AP source: Kushner back channel with Russia involved Syria
  • Police: Suspect in Portland stabbings ranted about Muslims
  • Water slide gets inspection after child thrown from ride
  • No threat after Newark Airport suspicious package evacuation