BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, in Bridgewater, is caring suddenly for 188 dogs it got from a location in Hunterdon County, where they were living in squalid conditions.

The dogs were removed from the home Tuesday, with assistance from the Monmouth County SPCA. According to a Facebook post from the group, 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 scene to the staging area for medical evaluation.

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The shelter, Bradshaw said, is currently housing and helping to rehabilitate, mentally and medically, a few of the dogs. The cost of doing so, he said, is a hardship to the small shelter, and they are looking for adopters for the dogs, as well as donations of items and funds to care for them.

"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