FLEMINGTON, NJ – An ongoing animal cruelty investigation has led authorities to seize 170 dogs at a home in Kingwood, according to a press release from Acting Hunterdon County Prosecutor Michael J. Williams.

Detectives from the Williams’ 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.

“In addition, another 30 dogs were previously surrendered by the home owners,” Williams said.

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The dogs were removed from the home by St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center and the Monmouth County SPCA, he said.

The rescue operation took place early morning yesterday and continued throughout the day. Williams didn’t identify the homeowners or exact location of the home, but said, “The animal cruelty investigation is ongoing and charges are still pending.”

“I would like to thank St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center and Monmouth County SPCA for their hard work and assistance in this matter,” Williams said. “I would also like to thank the members of the New Jersey State Police, Kingwood Township Rescue Squad, Hunterdon County OEM, Hunterdon County Health Department, and Adult Protective Services for their assistance in the animal rescue.”

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