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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-05-2014, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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Dozens of GSDs rescued from Vet clinic

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According to Sunday's publication of the Cliffview Pilot, officials rescued dozens of German shepherds from the basement of an animal hospital in Bergen County, N.J.

Acting on a tip, investigators with the Bergen County SPCA raided the Ridgefield Park Animal Hospital, where 40 German shepherds, ranging in age from 5 weeks to seven years old, were discovered; some were crammed into crates and others were roaming in a gated backyard.

Investigator Evan Kutzin described the conditions to the Cliffview Pilot:
"Some of the crates were so small, the dogs were unable to stand up. One crate big enough for only one had three full-sized dogs inside."

The authorities were able to reach the hospital veterinarian, who informed them that the dogs belonged to a long-time employee who was boarding them at the facility. That person eventually arrived to the hospital and signed ownership of over half of the dogs to the SPCA. The man was allowed to retain ownership of five dogs and he secured homes for several others. The situation remains under investigation.

This disturbing find follows hot on the heels of the Fort Worth, Texas, veterinarian who admitted last week that he had kept dogs alive at his facility after their owners had requested that they be humanely euthanized. Several dogs at that animal clinic were found to be suffering and the veterinarian is facing charges of animal cruelty.


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While the dogs in this case were in cramped conditions to be sure, it does not say that their physical condition was terrible. I wonder how long the dogs were boarded there. Whether this was a less than adequate solution to a temporary problem.

I mean, if the man's house had burned down, and he was waiting for the insurance to settle so that he could rebuild his house/kennel. We really don't know. How much does a long-time employee at a vet clinic make? Enough to support forty dogs, even with an occasional litter here and there? If he got evicted, is it reasonable that he could buy or rent somewhere that could provide adequate housing for the dogs?

How many litters are we talking about. 40 GSDs could be a litter of 10 5 week old puppies, a litter of 8 seven week old puppies, and 22 other dogs of various ages. It's a lot of dogs, and a lot of dogs to board.

I think the vet was probably being understanding that his long-time employee didn't have the resources to move them all. But it doesn't make it right to have 3 full-sized dogs in one crate, and dogs stuck in crates that are too small for them to stand.

It sounds like the guy managed to home some of them himself, and was able to keep some of them. He is probably not a monster, probably life happened and he became overwhelmed.

It will be interesting to hear if anything else comes out on this.

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Who the heck has 40 GSD's?

What is going on?

39 GSD's/HS scandal
Now this

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I think there is more to this story than they have said at this moment. It doesn't say that the dogs were in bad condition, squished yes, but that makes me think that something happened and they were limited on space, but trying to keep the dogs contained.

Given how easy it is in some cases to get in over your head when you have good intentions, I am going to keep from passing judgement at this point in time. And you definitely cannot afford 40 dogs on the salary of working in a vet clinic. I have enough trouble with my five pets lol.
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From what I have read they returned approximately 11 GSDs "to their owners". The remaining are in the care of the county animal shelter. (29 were turned over to the shelter and will be made available for adoption). There were 6 5 week old puppies and the SPCA indicated that half of the total dogs were under 6 months of age (the oldest dog was said to be 7). The clinic employee who was "boarding" the dogs was delivering a dog in Cherry Hill (2 hours away from the dogs) and arranged for people to stop by and get dogs...and decided to keep 5 for himself.

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Pictures of the dogs at intake and now with some in foster on the shelter face book page:
4 week old pups with mom....7 week old pup...4 month old, etc

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