FLEMINGTON, NJ – Two people have been arrested after an animal cruelty investigation that led to the recovery of 188 dogs in Kingwood.

Martin Strozeski, 66, and Marcia Knoster, 70, both of Stockton, have been charged with one count of third-degree failing to provide necessary care to 22 dogs, thereby resulting in their death; one count of fourth-degree failing to provide necessary care to 188 dogs, resulting in bodily injury; and one count of failing to provide necessary care to 188 dogs, a disorderly person offense.

The arrests were announced in a press release by Acting Hunterdon County Prosecutor Michael J. Williams. The dogs were removed from the township home by St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center and the Monmouth County SPCA, Williams said previously.

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Some of the dogs are being cared for at the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, in Bridgewater, and other local shelters.

Responding to the scene were State Police, Kingwood Township Rescue Squad, Hunterdon County OEM, Hunterdon County Health Department, and Adult Protective Services.

The press release was issued jointly by Williams, his Chief of Detectives Frank R. Crisologo and Kingwood State Police Station Commander Lt. Sean O’Connor.