Officials say more than 20 dogs have been removed form a northern New Jersey home where they were living in "deplorable" conditions.

The Record reports that authorities had gone to the two-story home in North Bergen on Wednesday after the tenant allegedly failed to appear in court on a series of summonses that were issued in recent weeks.

Officials say most of the dogs found in the home were puppies. But they haven't said whether any of the animals have serious illnesses or health problems.

Authorities say the home's interior was covered with urine and feces. They are investigating the matter as a hoarding situation.

The name of the tenant has not been released. It's not known if he'll face any charges related to the dogs.

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