PENNSVILLE – A Delaware-based animal shelter has removed 35 flea-infested dogs from a home on Newcomb Lane.
Renee’s Rescues took control of the dogs for two days, Monday and Tuesday, after being told by a concerned resident about conditions at a nearby home.
“The property was run down. It looked like a dump, basically, on the property,” said Renee Martini, founder. “There was a very strong smell coming from within 5 feet of the door or windows so we knew something was up.”
Rescuers weren’t allowed inside the house, but a man who lived there agreed to hand over the dogs to the rescue, admitting “things had gotten out of hand,” Martini said.
The dogs, all of which weighed less than 15 pounds, were immediately taken to a vet and are now being cared for in foster homes. Their age varies from a few months to 7 years.
“Based on medical findings and my experiences as a vet tech, they have a long way to go,” said Renee Martini, founder of Renee’s Rescues.
According to Martini, it will take about three weeks before the dogs are healthy enough to be adopted.
One dog, an 8-week-old puppy rescuers named Beast, was not expected to survive due to anemia from a severe flea infestation. But as of now, the dog is considered OK and is currently with a team member.
The final tab for dog medical care is expected to be over $10,000. Those interested in supporting Project Green can use this page.
New Jersey 101.5 is not aware of any charges against the residents of the home. Pennsville police have yet to respond to a request for comment.
Dino Flammia is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]
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