19 dogs rescued from ‘horrendous conditions’ in ramshackle NJ mansion, group says

Sixteen German Shepherds and three Dobermans were rescued this week from “horrendous conditions” in the basement of a dilapidated Paterson mansion that was apparently used as a puppy mill, an animal welfare group said on Wednesday.

Paterson animal control officers found the dogs malnourished and kept in cages by a squatter who was staying on the property, according to the Oakland-based company. Ramapo-Bergen Animal Sanctuary Inc. (RBARI), who said the dogs were of varying ages and some needed medical attention.

“Feces covered the whole house, even the walls, and stains on the floor inside the cages show traces of dogs digging to escape. The dogs come in a variety of ages, from young adults to senior citizens,” the organization said.

RBARI and Second Chance Pet Adoption League in Oak Ridge were working to find homes for the dogs.

It was unclear whether charges had been brought against the squatter, who the group said left with at least one puppy. Officers found the animals in what is known as the Barbour Mansion on 39th Street in Paterson, according to a New Jersey 101.5 report.

“Just a day ago, these 19 dogs were living in filth and misery for the sole purpose of breeding. Today they have a new lease of life, thanks to the rescue,” the group said.

Authorities were conducting DNA testing to find out if the dogs were related to other German Shepherds rescued over the past year in New Jersey and New York.

The dogs would likely be available for adoption after the exams.

“Like most dogs from puppy mills/breeding situations, they are likely clueless about housebreaking and will need patience and crate training as they adapt. They all seem to be dog-friendly and have been co-homed, so another well-matched dog buddy in the house can help them learn the ropes as they settle in,” said one. Second Chance Pet Adoption League article.

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