New Jersey’s Worst Animal Houses of Horror

Posted on January 10, 2014

Animal Legal Defense Fund Calls for Shut-Down of Garden State’s Law-Breaking Facilities

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Lisa Franzetta, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Megan Backus, Animal Legal Defense Fund

puppies-in-cage-cc-Jordan-and-Marisa-Magnuson-article-image-500pxTRENTON — After thorough review of commercial breeders in the state of New Jersey, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) sent a formal letter this week to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), singling out the worst breeders and demanding the agency enforce the law against violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA). ALDF’s review of the inspection records shows animal cruelty routinely goes unpunished, and the group urges the USDA to move suffering animals to reputable shelters where they can receive veterinary attention. Furthermore, ALDF’s letter calls on the USDA to apply civil penalties and revoke the licenses of commercial dealers that have violated the AWA on multiple occasions, including:

  • Ignatov-Radokhov and Victor Radokhov breed dogs and cats in Columbia (Warren County).  Over the last several years, the Radokhovs failed to provide necessary care to eight animals with serious injuries requiring immediate veterinary attention, including a dog with severe eye irritation; a dog with a facial lump, swollen gums, and skin lesions on her ankle; a dog with knee injuries; and two cats with lesions around their necks.
  • Burton Sipp operated the Animal Kingdom Zoo in Bordentown (Burlington County) until its closure in April 2013.  In the years prior to its closure, Sipp violated the AWA on multiple occasions—yet because the facility closed, the USDA never fined Sipp—who failed to provide veterinary care for a giraffe who had to be euthanized as a result of his untreated illness.  Four days before the inspection, two hyenas escaped from the zoo—one of whom was killed by a car. Sipp also failed to provide veterinary care for a hyena who had been documented as injured during two separate inspections; Sipp euthanized the hyena only after her wounds went untreated for 12 days.

“Critically cold conditions like the current winter front remind us how important it is that animals outside are cared for properly,” said Stephen Wells, executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. “We call upon the USDA to act upon these horrific violations—which have been thoroughly documented in their own records—before more animals are harmed behind closed doors.”

ALDF’s letter and a complete list of abusive breeders are available by request.

23 thoughts on “New Jersey’s Worst Animal Houses of Horror

  1. john argent says:

    I’m grateful to those who bring this horror to our attention, disgusting and disheartening as it is. I hope they can keep the heat on, the whistle blowing, and whatever else it takes to stamp out this cruelty and abuse! ASAP!!

  2. Paula Schneider says:

    When will mankind evolve into humanity????

  3. Julie Brodlowicz says:

    I am horrified at this. I find it hard to believe that they have not closed down these houses of horror. This needs to be down right now. It’s the worst thing I have ever witnessed in my life.

  4. SK says:

    This is completely unacceptable that animals should continuously suffer at the hands of people who want to exploit or breed them for money and not provide care. Stricter laws need to be put in place to crack down on puppy mills, punish those that violate the laws provide protection to the animals. I’m continually disgusted when I hear states that do not step up to take care of this problem! Its time to act now! One suffering animal is too many!!!

  5. Lisa Warren says:

    Shut it down now, so sick of seeing neglect and abuse. Throw the book at them, should get major time.

  6. Shirley Sacks says:

    Stop this horror.

  7. Peggy Nudo says:

    The manner in which NJ’s house of horrors speaks you who you are as human beings. KEEP THE HEAT ON THIS! Stop it now – END THIS CRUELTY NOW.

  8. penny says:


  9. Lorie Obradovich says:

    Horrific. There is NO excuse!

  10. Gabriele Herbst says:


  11. Philip says:

    Paula Schneider, I don’t think I’ve ever heard such a succinctly accurate statement such as yours. Well said!

  12. Jayne Forbes says:

    Please desist the operation of these illegal and cruel breeders! This is inhumane and we must defend those that cannot speak for themselves!

  13. Belle stafford says:

    Thank you ALDF for all that you do, thank you for shedding light on all the many abuses that go on. Yes, let’s stop those sadistic evil dog breeders.

  14. T. VandenDolder says:

    I would recommend shutting down all breeders. There are enough animals slaughtered every year because there is no one to adopt them. Why do we (or any nation) need to force breed (the equivalent of rape) animals to produce MORE animals for adoption?

  15. Line Rordam says:

    Sick People!

  16. Cindy Clabaugh says:

    This is totally wrong please shut them down!

  17. Kathy Osborn says:

    Please shut this place down, there is too much pain and suffering going on here!

  18. sarae says:

    so wrong they need the breeders license revoked and never be allowed to breed anything…

  19. Peter S.Mulshine says:

    Have you seen ICE WIND Breeders in White Twp.NJ Up on Montana Mt.??

  20. Evelyn Ford says:

    Why are these hellholes allowed to stay opens.If the public and officials know about this and do nothing they are just as guilty of abuse!

  21. Lantana Wade says:

    This is wrong. Please shut this place down. We are the animals voice. So many homeless dogs in the world and breeders are still breeding. My heart breaks for these precious animals. They need to be running and playing..STOP THE CRUELTY!!!!

  22. says:

    bull sht sht . why do you thnk ts cruelty to bred a dog bull sht sht

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