SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. — An illegally run puppy mill at a private residence in New Jersey was dismantled Monday, according to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office.
Members of the Scotch Plains Police Department responded to a home on Terrill Road Monday after receiving information that conditions were unsafe and unsanitary for animal and humans. Upon arrival, officers contacted members of the humane animal treatment subsection of the prosecutor’s office’s Special Prosecutions Unit and their Animal Cruelty Task Force.
In all, investigators recovered a total of 132 animals, ranging in age from newborns to fully grown, breeding-age adults, including approximately two dozen felines, with the remainder being various breeds of dogs. The total also included 71 Chihuahuas, 18 Golden Retrievers, 17 Pomeranians, and three Pekingese.
Dominick Ciabattari, 60, has been charged with 10 fourth-degree criminal charges and four disorderly persons offenses. All charges are related to failing to properly care for the animals. Some of them were pregnant.
The prosecutor’s office says additional charges are anticipated. Members of the community interested in adopting any of the pets are invited to contact the shelter nearest to them.