RAMSEY, N.J. — A pet rescuer from Ramsey helped save 276 dogs from deplorable conditions at a Jersey Shore home in what authorities called "an extreme hoarding situation.”
“It was the ‘Howell House of Horrors,’” said Southern Paws founder Ashley Gardenier, who has a Ringwood headquarters. “I don’t understand how people were living there.”
There were inches of feces caked on the floor, dogs hiding in walls and plywood scattered over the floor, the rescuer said.
“We flipped through everything like a fire search,” said Gardenier, whose rescue is part of the ASPCA’s emergency response partnership.
Southern Paws volunteers -- along with those from St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center and Associated Humane Tinton Falls -- wore hazardous materials suits as they trapped and rescued hundreds of dogs, some of whom were giving birth, Garenier said.
“These dogs have never seen sunlight or breathed fresh air,” she said.