Ban Accused Hoarders of 276 Dogs From Pet Ownership


Target: Christopher Gramiccioni, Monmouth County Prosecutor

Goal: Ban couple from pet ownership after hundreds of dogs were found living on shelves and inside walls.

Nearly 300 dogs were recently found crowded in a filthy home by apparent animal hoarders. The dogs, mostly small breeds such as chihuahuas, Yorkies, and pugs, were so tightly packed in that they were found on shelves and even inside the walls. The stench of the home and loud barking led authorities to the home, which they found was infested with flies and fleas. Officers say that the home was in deplorable condition, with so much standing urine and feces that the floors were rotting.

Authorities were shocked to find that none of the dogs was suffering from any severe medical conditions usually seen in these cases, such as malnourishment or untreated infections. Despite this, the dogs were poorly socialized and some were given oxygen or transported for medical care. According to animal control officers, most of these dogs experienced severe emotional neglect and some may require fostering or rehabilitation before adoption.

The owners of the animals were visibly distressed, according to the media. While they may have had the best intentions at heart, by definition, hoarded dogs are neglected. This type of hoarding is often a symptom of mental illness and authorities should attempt to rehabilitate the accused, though it is important that no more animals are held by this couple. Sign the petition below to ask the prosecutor to seek a ban on animal ownership for the accused couple.


Dear Mr. Gramiccioni,

A couple is facing over 500 counts of animal cruelty after authorities reportedly found 276 small dogs crammed into a filthy, bug-infested house. The dogs were living in shelves and inside the walls, and were forced to breathe ammonia fumes every day due to the standing puddles of urine and feces in the home. Despite these obviously inhumane living conditions, the dogs were in relatively good health and the owners showed remorse for their actions.

It appears that this is may be a case of mental illness. These dogs no doubt suffered extreme neglect, but we ask you to take a rehabilitative approach which could possibly include supervised volunteer hours with an animal shelter. Despite the good intentions of the accused, it is imperative that no more animals are allowed to suffer in this manner. We therefore ask you to seek a ban on animal ownership for those responsible.


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  1. Anita Culling says:

    Sounds like this situation needshelp rather than punishment. Hope something can be done to help all the animals and the person to make things better

  2. val gaffney says:

    These people have got to be insane and shouldn’t be left to live with the rest of us. Hefty prison sentence, fine and ban on owning any kind of animal is a MUST

  3. Wendy Morrison says:

    Bank these owners from owning all animals for the rest of their lives!!!

  4. Jaime Perez says:

    This is a sad situation, but I’m so glad it was found out and the dogs have been saved. These people need mental help. They should be banned from ever owning any animals, it might get out of hand again.

  5. These people really need therapy to help them through this trauma as well.
    I honestly believe this all starts out of genuine kindness to the dogs, and things start to get more difficult with puppies and not wanting them to be placed in shelters to be euthanized… So the problems keep escalating to this traumatic situation.
    I’m pleased it has ended and do hope all the animals do find forever homes, and these folk get to understand how this became so bad for all concerned.
    If the house smelt so bad and the constant barking was what drew authorities to investigate, what were the neighbours (not) doing all this time?

  6. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared. ?

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