NEW JERSEY – In the past week, at least 8 German Shepherd dogs, thought to be related, have been abandoned throughout northern New Jersey, according to Facebook post by Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge (RBARI).
One such dog is Shelby, rescued by RBARI this past week after being tracked for days in Closter Borough, then trapped by Buddah Dog Rescue and Recovery. Two other shepherds were rescued while running on the Palisades Parkway in Alpine Borough, four more were found in Woodland Park Borough, and one was found abandoned in Wayne Township, the nonprofit organization said.
There are reports of sightings of at least 3 others possibly connected. None of the dogs have collars, tags or microchips, and all are very frightened, suspected to be the victims of backyard breeding.
“Shelby acts like a breeder / puppy mill dog, shut down but sweet,” according to kennel manager, Stephanie. “We have to carry her. She won’t walk on leash, is thin and covered in hundreds of ticks.”
Shelby immediately saw a veterinarian upon admission to RBARI and was found to be approximately 6-years-old and not spayed. RBARI is currently seeking experienced shepherd adopters, as the shelter has seen an increased influx of shepherds in recent weeks and months, the shelter said.
“In addition to Shelby, we are currently housing Jack and Mason, surrendered to the Paterson animal control after being purchased from breeders, and Samson, who was purchased from a junkyard as a pup, then surrendered to RBARI,” the shelter said.
Adoption applications can be completed online at rbari.org. Anyone with questions can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Authorities are investigating the origin of these dogs, including possible DNA testing to see if they are related. Anyone with information about the dogs is asked to call the Bergen County SPCA Hotline at 201-573-8900.