Accused animal hoarder behind bars

CLIFTON - State welfare worker Joanne Zak is currently facing dozens of charges and may be facing even more.

Twenty-five dogs were rescued from Zak's home on Brighton Road in Clifton Thursday. Officials say most of the dogs were covered with fleas and feces. Some of the dog's nails had grown so long that they couldn't even walk, according to authorities.

A representative from the Passaic County SPCA said that they had been saving animals for 28 years in Passaic County and it was the worst case they'd ever seen.

Authorities say the conditions were so bad inside the house that a proper and thorough search could not be done. They say they plan to return and make sure there are no dead dogs inside.

Related: Police: State welfare worker had dozens of dogs in home

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