When it was ascertained that Windsong Acre Kennels, owned by Edith & Perry Buchko of Howell, N J, -- breeders of Shar Peis & Chihuahuas – were “unloading” some of the older dogs, the AHS Tinton Falls Branch became involved. AHS Manager, Bruce Sanchez, visited the kennels urging them to surrender as many as possible. They had no running, water, & there were problems with septic & sewage. The animals needed more than they were able to give them.
Buchko gave the Society 40 Chihuahuas and 9 Shar Peis – all of which were not useful in breeding. All were elderly – some sick, many unkempt. Most of the dogs needed dentals, had gum infections, cataracts, overgrown nails; some had heart murmers. Most of the Shar Peis had heavy infestation of heartworm – an easily preventable disease & sadly, many were blind since no veterinary care had been given to those that suffered from entropian eyelids. In the hope that we would be able to take more of over 200 dogs warehoused at Windsong, we sent an alert out to several animal adoption agencies. Christine Taylor of Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge in Oakland and Steve Dash of Humane Society of Atlantic County in Atlantic City and they responded favorably. We gave them 10 and 5 Chihuahuas respectively.
Newspaper reports state that the Chihuahuas are let out of cages & run in and out of the facility via dog doors. This is an untrue statement. By the time the Society staffers went into the warehouse, the Monmouth County Regional Health Dept., had been there to clean up the rodent infestation, feces. There are still leaks, repairs, etc. undone.
Buchko was convicted of animal cruelty in 1991 and in 1996, her ability to sell with AKC papers was terminated. So the Buchkos created their own private dog registry called the Purebred Canine International Association where she pocketed “registration fees”. Edith Buchko was back in court in 2006 & has not abided by the Farmingdale judge’s mandate. She will be back again in Farmingdale court to answer those charges and new summonses issued by the Monmouth County Regional Health Dept. The Buchkos cannot pass the regulations to continue as a kennel so in a legal maneuver, she has licensed about 140 dogs. This may make the present situation a difficult one to remedy. No summonses were issued by the Monmouth County SPCA.
The Society has altered most of the dogs in our care, given dental and other medical necessities. Please donate as generously as you can to our Res-Q Fund to help us offset this tremendous expense.
The dogs that have come out of this breeding kennel were initially traumatized … but after a short time of socialization, they have become loving, alert, playful dogs who now have a love-filled life for whatever time they have left on this earth.
In the meantime, we urge animal lovers to contact the new Mayor of Howell Township to ensure that the Township should investigate a pet limit ordinance. How many dogs need to be “owned” to be considered a “kennel”? The new Mayor is Bob Walsh, Township of Howell, 251 Preventoriuim Road, P O Box 580, Howell, N J 07731; E-mail: Mayorwalsh@twp.howell.nj.us and the entire council can be e-mailed at: Mayoremail@example.com