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20 dogs found dead in freezer and nearly 200 more rescued from New Jersey home


Dogs, similar to these, were found in squalid conditions inside a New Jersey home.

A New Jersey home resembled a canine cemetery after 20 dead dogs were discovered in a freezer.

Another 188 pooches had to be rescued from a nightmare hoarding situation in New Jersey on Tuesday.

Some are pregnant, many sick and most having had only limited human contact.

Authorities said the dogs were rescued from the home of a prominent breeder, whose dogs have won Best in Breed awards from the Westminster Kennel Club.

It’s unclear if the breeder, who has not been identified, will be facing charges, according to TV station WNBC.

The Monmouth County SPCA said it was called to the undisclosed location in Hunterdon County on Tuesday, where it found 20 dogs dead in a freezer and 188 more living in the squalid home and garage.

“All of these dogs seem to have had limited human contact and minimal to no veterinary care,” said the organization, which is asking for donations for treating the dogs.

As of Wednesday morning, it had raised more than $12,000.

Harrowing photos of the canines dogs released by the MCSPCA show horribly thin animals with clouded eyes and matted hair.

The group said it would likely be weeks before any of the rescued pooches would be ready for adoption.

“Supporting and promoting responsible dog breeding and ownership has been a key core of the Westminster Kennel Club for over 140 years,” said that organization. “We are saddened to learn of this unfortunate situation and are grateful for the care being provided to the affected dogs.”