By Brian Lippai on Wednesday, June 14, 2017

More than 30 cats and dogs were recently rescued from a local hoarding situation with all the animals ending up under the care of the Ocean County Animal Facilities in Manahawkin and Jackson. But it wasn't long before that number kept on growing. Faster than you can say, "Go fetch," three of the impounded dogs were discovered to be pregnant and within days gave birth to 3 litters for a total of 17 adorable puppies.

"Our latest litter arrived late last week and I'm happy to report all the puppies and mothers are doing well and getting the best of care," said Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, Liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health.

Daniel E. Regenye, Ocean County Health Department Public Health Coordinator added, "This is what happens in many of these hoarder cases, people start out with good intentions but things can get overwhelming real quick. When that happens the animal facilities typically become the only option."

Fortunately in this case all the dogs were in good health and many have already found good, loving homes. As for the puppies, most are still being weaned and won't be ready for adoption for several more weeks. However, the two Ocean County Animal Facilities are always busy this time of year and have no shortage of wonderful dogs to choose from. And for cat lovers, there is always a more than a bundle of adorable kittens available this time of year as well.

"If you've been thinking about adopting a pet now is certainly a great time. All of our animals are spayed or neutered, micro chipped and receive age appropriate vaccines," Little added.

Ocean County Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari, liaison to the Office of Tourism and Business Development included, "Many of our visitors and vacationers to the Jersey Shore and Ocean County adopt from our animal facilities while they are here and we couldn't be more pleased when they go back home and tell their friends they adopted from us."

If you're interested in adopting a dog or cat, the Ocean County Animal Facilities are located at 615 Freemont Street in Jackson and 360 Haywood Road in Manahawkin. Both facilities are open to the public 7 days a week from 1-4PM and until 6:30PM on Wednesday.