Couple face charges after 276 dogs found in their home in ‘deplorable conditions’

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HOWELL, N.J. (AP) — A couple accused of having 276 dogs in their bi-level New Jersey home face more than 550 counts of animal cruelty.

The Monmouth County prosecutor’s office says Charlene and Joseph Handrik have been charged with 276 counts of animal cruelty for providing inhumane living conditions and 276 more for failing to get veterinary care.

The Handriks could face fines and penalties if found guilty.

Prosecutors say the dogs lived in “deplorable conditions” at the couple’s home in Howell but were in relatively good health.

The dogs were discovered June 3 after an animal control officer was called to find a dog that had gotten loose. They’re being cared for at shelters.