Friday, September 17, 2010

Officials rescue 15 puppies from Paterson home

By William Lamb, The Record

Authorities rescued 15 puppies Friday from a feces-ridden house on Van Houten Street whose owner had lost it to foreclosure, the city’s senior animal control official said.
The Labrador-and-pit-bull mix puppies are 4 or 5 weeks old and are “in really bad shape,” said John DeCando, Paterson’s chief animal control officer. The puppies were being treated by a veterinarian on Friday night for intestinal worms, DeCando said.
The animals were discovered around 2:30 p.m. Friday, when a cleaning crew hired by the bank arrived at 402 Van Houten St., DeCando said. Three dead puppies also were recovered from the house, which DeCando said was strewn “from head to toe” with dog feces. All 18 puppies were from the same litter, DeCando said, though the mother was not present.
“They are absolutely gorgeous,” DeCando said of the puppies. “They’re all brother and sister, and I know from the bottom of my heart that they will be going to good homes and they will be taken care of.”
Anyone with information about the puppies’ previous owner, who DeCando said faces several counts of animal cruelty, may call Paterson Animal Control at 973-881-3640. Anyone interested in adopting one of the rescued puppies may contact Save the Animals Rescue Team II in Elmwood Park at 201-797-8861.

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