It is not known how long the animals waited for help without food or fresh water.
When police arrived for a welfare check, they found the animals and were shocked by the living conditions in the cluttered flat.
Rescuers say it was clear their person loved them, but the house was neglected and the dogs never ventured outside the flat.
The dogs were terrified when they were found. Some hid in cupboards, under tables and behind toilets, while others desperately refused to leave their owners.
A very friendly senior kitty named Holly greeted the police during the rescue, seemingly relieved to have found help.
Two shelters have come together and taken in the animals and they are both asking for the public’s help with donations or adoptions.
Both organizations are getting to know the dogs and their individual needs. Medical care will include dental care, mass ablation and heart check-ups as well as basic medical care, which they say has been neglected for some time.
“It’s a daunting task to care for 12 new arrivals at once, but thanks to our rescue partnership and your dedicated support, we knew we could turn the world around for these 12 deserving animals,” said Ramapo- Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc. Executive Director Megan Brinster.
The dogs range in age from 2 to 7 years old, weigh only 5 to 12 pounds each, and are a mix of Chihuahuas, Yorkies, and a mix of breeds.
Holly the cat is thought to be 10 years old, mostly toothless and very social.
A few of the dogs remain very shy, while others warm up quickly and are very grateful for the attention and comfort around them. Dogs seek out patient families, as they are neither domesticated nor leash trained.
You can visit websites for RBARI Where Second Chance Pet Adoption League for more information or how to help you.
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