40 German shepherds rescued from basement of Ridgefield Park Animal Hospital

The Bergen County SPCA rescued 40 German shepherds from the Ridgefield Park Animal Hospital. (5/5/14)

RIDGEFIELD PARK - The Bergen County SPCA rescued dozens of German shepherds from the Ridgefield Park Animal Hospital and many are now wondering if the hospital was running a puppy mill.

The SPCA raided the hospital on Main Street after receiving a complaint from a neighbor. Many dogs were found crammed in cages in the hospital's basement, with multiple dogs in crates meant for one animal. A few others were found out back.

The Bergen County Department of Health Services says 11 of the dogs were returned to their owners. The remaining 29 were put in a mobile vet clinic and taken to Bergen County's Animal Shelter and Adoption Center in Teterboro, where they were evaluated.

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Neighbor Tatiana Alexis says she asked the hospital if it was running a puppy mill and was told it wasn't. Multiple litters of puppies were found in the hospital's basement.

Requests for comment from the Ridgefield Park Animal Hospital went unanswered.

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