Mystery surrounds group of German Shepherds found abandoned in NJ – NBC New York
“Who throws the terrified German Shepherds in North North Jersey?”
That’s the question animal care officials and police want to know after at least eight dogs have been found abandoned in various neighbors in North Jersey.
The mysterious cases of animal neglect appear to be linked, officials at the Ramapo-Bergen animal shelter said this week.
None of the German Shepherds rescued so far, at least eight, have been found without collars and microchips, some capricious and insufficient. The Bergen County Animal Shelter has confirmed that at least two other dogs have been spotted but not yet recovered.
The rescued dogs were collected from several different towns in Bergen and Passaic County.
Officials at the Ramapo-Bergen animal shelter said the dogs could come from a backyard breeding operation.
“I started looking at them and saying, ‘All these German Shepherds on the loose? All in the same week? And they all look alike, they behave very similarly, ”Deb Yankow of the Bergen County Animal Shelter told NBC New York.
The Bergen County Animal Shelter in Teterboro has two recovered, while the rest are in other shelters. The dogs were found scattered around Wayne, Woodland Park and Alpine, some near Palisades Interstate Parkway.
“It’s just too much of a coincidence. So what happened was we started an active animal cruelty investigation to try to determine where these dogs were coming from, who they really belonged to, ”Yankow said.
Investigators plan to test the dogs’ DNA to see help determine their connection. Fortunately, they are all in good physical health for the most part, but they are emotionally scarred.
Some of the rescuers believe the dogs could have come from a breeder who has kept them in cages most of their lives.
The shelters have received hundreds of calls from people seeking to adopt the dogs, but they must stay in the shelters as part of the ongoing investigation and socialize further before joining a family forever.