NJ man living in squalor with more than 40 dogs to face charges

ROSELLE, N.J. (AP/WTXF) -- Authorities say more than 40 dogs have been found living in "severely unsanitary and inhumane" conditions at a New Jersey home.

Union County prosecutors said Wednesday that they plan to file multiple charges against 40-year-old Roselle resident Evelio Calderon. But the specific counts he'll face won't be determined until they review veterinarian reports.

Authorities went to Calderon's home last Thursday, along with health department workers and animal welfare groups. They say the dogs had been locked inside the home for an unknown amount of time and had to relieve themselves indoors.

They ranged in age from puppies to older dogs, varying widely in breed and size. Several were treated there for acute injuries that included open sores, malnourishment, joint problems and eye issues.

Despite the medical issues, most of the dogs are expected to survive. Two were suspected to be suffering from shock and taken to local veterinarians for immediate emergency treatment.

The dogs are temporarily being housed in shelters, including The Last Resort Animal Rescue and St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center.

It wasn't known Wednesday if Calderon has retained an attorney.

Anyone with information about this matter or similar incidents is urged to contact Union County Assistant Prosecutor Patricia Cronin at (908) 527-4169 or Det. Vito Colacitti at (908) 527-4387.

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