Thursday, December 16, 2010



NBC 40 has received reports of an animal seizure taking place in the Tuckahoe section of Upper Township.

According to a tip, the SPCA arrived around noon Thursday to a residence at 671 Mill Rd. in Tuckahoe. We are told that the home belongs to the mother-in-law of Matthew Hill, a previous employee of Tri-County Animal Control. However, Tri-County does not service the Upper Township area, according to a tip.

NBC 40 first reported situations at this location back in 2005, when one of the four dogs there at the time belonged to Hill. Neighbors had described the location as an abandoned house with chained-up dogs on the property.

Now, we are told that today two dogs so far have been removed from the same property. According to the manager at the Cape May County SPCA, it's being looked into by the Upper Twp. Animal Control and the state SPCA.

Matt Stanton with the state SPCA tells NBC 40 News that an anonymous tip led them to pick up 2 dogs there, one a wolf-hybrid, and the other an American pit bull. Both were taken to Shore Veterinarian Hospital. The dogs were described as emaciated and in bad shape, and the wolf hybrid was suffering from bad left leg issues. Those dogs were taken from inside the home. Two other dogs on the outside of the property were not picked up.

At the moment, it's being treated as an animal welfare concern. No charges have been brought forth yet.

We'll have more information as it become available.

Update December 18, 2010 6:48pm - The following article is by Gina DiLullo, WMGM:


The Cape May County SPCA has seized two more dogs from a home in Tuckahoe Saturday, after initially seizing two on Thursday afternoon.

Officials say an American Pit Bull and a Wolf-Hybrid, both with severe health conditions, were taken to the shore Veterinarian Hospital for treatment on Thursday, while one had to be euthanized due to the severity of its injuries.

After an investigation by the SPCA and the Veterinarian Hospital, all four dogs were victims of long term neglect.

No charges have been filed at this time.

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