Puppy love: More than 600 try to adopt dogs rescued from hoarder’s home

NORTH BERGEN — Dozens of abandoned dogs, cats and puppies have been adopted a month after being rescued from an unheated North Bergen home, following an outpouring of support from more than 600 people, shelter officials said. Mayor urges public to adopt dogs, cats abandoned in North Bergen Jorge Reyes, a sixth-grade math teacher at Horace Mann Elementary School in North Bergen, is now the proud owner of the 4-month-old puppy “Sadie.”

He adopted her Jan. 30 from the Bergen County Protect and Rescue Foundation.

“It was terrible to see in the media the way they were treated and left alone, how many there were,” Reyes said. “Within three or four days, she was bouncing around all happy… It’s just a great feeling knowing you brought a beautiful puppy to a home where she’s going to be loved with the love that she deserves.”

Officials said more than 50 animals, including about 49 dogs and five cats, were saved from the home on Jan. 13. The four shelters that took in the animals told NJ Advance Media Thursday that 33 dogs and one cat had been adopted, and 16 dogs and four cats still needed to be adopted.