BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter  is caring for 188 dogs removed from a location in Hunterdon County where they were living in squalid conditions, according to authorities

The dogs were removed from the home Tuesday, with assistance from the Monmouth County SPCA which said the dogs seem to have had limited human contact and minimal to no veterinary care.

Brian Bradshaw  of the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, said he was on scene from the early morning Tuesday to the late afternoon, and the shelter allowed use of its large transport to move the dogs from the Kingwood location to the staging area for medical evaluation.

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Detectives from the  Hunterdon County Prosecutor;s Office Major Crimes Unit and State Police based in Kingwood responded to the home. The seizure followed a search of the home and other buildings on the property, according to Acting Hunterdon County Prosecutor Michael J. Williams.

“In addition, another 30 dogs were previously surrendered by the home owners,” Williams said. “The animal cruelty investigation is ongoing and charges are still pending,” he added.

The shelter, Bradshaw said, is currently housing and helping to rehabilitate the dogs. The cost of doing so, he said, is a hardship for the shelter, and they are looking for people to adopt the animals. Donations are also needed.

"As sad as it is to see these dogs imprisoned in these filthy confinements, it is empowering to liberate them to a better life," he said.

For more information, call the shelter at 908-725-0308, or visit srasnj.org