Don’t Allow Accused Dog Hoarders to Own Pets Again

Target: Christopher Gramiccioni, Prosecutor for Monmouth County, New Jersey

Goal: Don’t return dogs to home where over 250 neglected dogs were found.

A couple accused of the worst dog hoarding case in Monmouth County history are seeking to be allowed to own pets again. The couple is insisting that a stipulation allowing them to own pets is worked into their plea deal, says Thomas Nuccio, the MSCPA’s lieutenant of Humane Law Enforcement. While investigating animal welfare officers are seeking a permanent ban, they say that a judge may allow them to have pets again pending completion of a psychiatric evaluation.

The couple, Joseph and Charlene Handrik, were allegedly in possession of over 250 dogs at the time their home was raided. According to rescuers, the scent of feces was so bad in the home that even masked staff couldn’t stay in the home for long periods of time. The home was set up with tubes running through the walls like a giant hamster cage.

Upon rescue, many of the dogs required veterinary care. Most of the dogs were poorly socialized and skittish around humans. While most have since been adopted, some are still undergoing behavioral therapy even six months after removal from the home.

The poor conditions and suffering that these dogs had to endure is tantamount to torture. In order to protect other dogs from similar distress, it is imperative that the accused are not allowed to own pets. Sign the petition below to ask the prosecutor to take pet ownership off the table for at least five years.


Dear Mr. Gramiccioni,

A couple facing serious animal cruelty charges after over 250 neglected dogs were found in their home is seeking to own pets again. As part of a plea deal, the couple insists that they be allowed to keep dogs in their home once again. The MSPCA, the organization that rescued the animals, is strongly against returning the dogs to the home, which was filthy and filled with tubes so that the dogs could get around like a giant hamster cage.

In order to protect animals from similar abuse, the owners of these dogs must not be able to own animals again so quickly. We, the undersigned, ask that you take pet ownership off the table for this couple for at least another five years.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Margaret Melnick says:

    No plea bargain and it should be OWNERSHIP FOR LIFE. Stop reducing sentences just so it doesn’t have to go to court. Punish to the full extent of the law. Not allowed ever to own animals or be around animals again.

  2. Beth Nordmeyer says:

    NO, UNACCEPTABLE!! Time and time again this happens, time and time again abuse repeats itself. WE DEMAND ALL ANIMAL OWNERSHIP BE BANNED! Time to stop the abuse, people are tired of these abusers and the judges letting them go!


  4. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared❗️?

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