STAFFORD – The county has recovered two dozen dogs and puppies from a Manahawkin resident who could no longer care for them all, a representative from the Ocean County Board of Health said.
All of the pets, who were described as “sweet and lovable dogs and puppies,” are now being cared for at the Ocean County Animal Facilities in Manahawkin and Jackson.
Most of the dogs appear to be in generally good health, according to the Health Department. They will need to be examined by the veterinarian. Before they can be adopted, they need to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped.
The pets were all in one property; the owner was described as a hoarder.
“Anytime you have a large volume of dogs or cats coming in at one time like this it can be a bit of an extra load but that’s what the animal facilities are here for and our staff will give these dogs the best of care before finding them permanent loving homes,” said Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health. “So if you or someone you know are interested in adopting a shelter dog, you may want to seriously consider getting one from this adorable group.”
The dogs are a mix of sizes, colors and ages. Most of them are a combination of small mixed breeds, and a few are puppies. There is one bulldog among them.
“These dogs will now get the second chance they deserve and make a wonderful family pet,” said Daniel E. Regenye, OCHD Public Health Coordinator. “With shelters across the country crowded with homeless animals, the Ocean County Health Department strongly urges anyone seeking to find a new family pet to consider adopting a shelter dog or cat before looking anywhere else.”
If a pet owner is feeling overwhelmed with the care of their pets, or the number of pets in their possession, they are encouraged to reach out to their local animal control officer, or area animal rescues for help, Regenye added.
If you’re interested in adopting a shelter pet, the Ocean County Animal Facilities are located at 615 Freemont Street in Jackson and 360 Haywood Road in Manahawkin. Both facilities are open to the public 7 days a week from 1-4 p.m. and until 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. For more information please call 732-657-8086 or 609-978-0127.
Readers are also encouraged to visit the Health Department website at ochd.org. They have also started a new website at phu2.org to teach that “Public Health is You Too,” sharing help to equip people to take simple steps to improve their health.