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63 Dogs Removed From Rues Lane Residence

The dogs were taken to the Helmetta Animal Shelter, where they will be put up for adoption.

Animal control officers removed 63 dogs from a Rues Lane house on Sept. 28, according to the East Brunswick Police Department. 

According to the department, officers went to the house on in response to an animal complaint, and found 63 shih tzus in poor health, with afflictions including dermatitis, fleas and conjunctivitis.

The homeowner, Ellen Shih, told police that she used to breed the dogs for sale, but it became "unmanageable."

Shih signed the dogs over to Helmetta Animal Control officer James Apgar, and was issued summonses for 63 counts of animal cruelty, 63 counts of failure to provide veterinary care, 58 counts of unlicensed dogs and 58 counts of no rabies inoculation, according to police.

The dogs were taken for evaluation and treatment at Helmetta Animal Shelter, where they will be available for adoption.

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John S October 05, 2012 at 05:44 PM
As a daily dog walker at Great Oak Park at Winton Road, which is right next door to this house, there was always a "Back-of-the-mind" question when we walked our dog and we could hear a barrage of yelping, barking and crying of the dogs that were at this address. Thank God someone did the right thing and had it investigated. Hopefully, these dogs will find their way to good homes.
Simon October 05, 2012 at 06:01 PM
"It became unmanageable." How long did it take her finally to arrive at this conclusion? She also thinks taht Obama won the debate on Wednesday night.
Patty October 05, 2012 at 06:13 PM
For years always heard lots of dogs barking at that house when I would go to Great Oak Park or just walk the neighborhood. So now we know what that was about. How could anyone or two or even three people take care of that many dogs! The homeowner obviously needs mental health intervention which incidently is walking distance from her home, Catholic Charities, hope she gets help.
Toni October 05, 2012 at 07:17 PM
This woman deserves time in jail.
M FALK October 06, 2012 at 02:40 PM
IF YOU HEARD SOMETHING YOU SHOULD OF CALLED THE COPS NOT WAIT FOR SOME ONE ELSE TO DO IT GET INVOLVED THIS IS YOUR TOWN TOO

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