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Four Dogs Die From Neglect, One Dozen Rescued (Michigan)
WWMT TV Kalamazoo ^ | June 24, 2008 - 10:51PM | NEWSCHANNEL 3

Posted on 07/14/2008 4:57:36 AM PDT by MaryFromMichigan

Second sad story about abused dogs in the state.

TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Local News; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: animalcruelty; animalhoarding; brainlesions; clutter; cruelty; dogs; filth; hoard; hoarder; hoarders; hoarding; michigan; pigsty; spca; squalor
OSHTEMO TWP., Mich. (Newschannel 3) - Several dogs are dead and a dozen others have been taken to a animal shelter after suffering neglect and abuse at an Oshtemo Twp. home.

Officers say the dogs were living in total squalor at a home on West KL Ave. when they were found on Monday, and those that were still alive were covered in feces, with no food or water.

Janel Hosie, a next-door neighbor, says the owner of the home is actually a dog groomer, but told Newschannel 3 that the inside of the home was in such bad condition that the owner moved out last fall.

"They had to go to the bathroom in the crates, go to the bathroom on each other," said Hosie.

Hosie says that the dogs were basically stuck in prison cell-like cages - sometimes three dogs were crammed into one small cage, and says she heard their owner not too concerned about the situation.

"Like it wasn't really a problem, like she loved her dogs, that she was able to take care of it," said Hosie.

But what animal control officers discovered Monday, is not what they say they saw two years ago when they saw the dogs outside the home. At that point, they say, they found the dogs healthy, and left without concerns for their care.

"We'd never seen, never been in her house to know what was actually going on in that house," said Kalamazoo Co. Animal Services Director Steve Lawrence.

Lawrence says that when they did go inside the home on Monday, they found cages and dogs standing on empty bowls to get out of the feces.

But when given the chance to escape, the dogs didn't move. The dogs didn't come out, it was like, they didn't know they could, or they'd never been out," said Lawrence.

Janel Hosie says that the worst of it, is that four of the dogs died, and their owner, a groomer, should have been able to care for them better than even the average dog owner.

"It's just unbelievable to me that someone can say they love their dog and let this happen," she said.

Animal services says that some of the rescued dogs will go up for adoption, but others are so traumatized that they have no choice but to euthanize them.

Their owner of the dogs could eventually face animal cruelty charges, and Lawrence says that he never wants her to own a dog again.

If you are interested in adopting one of the rescued dogs, call Kalamazoo County Animal Services at (269) 383-8775.

An update that mentions possible felony charges is here.

1 posted on 07/14/2008 4:57:37 AM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: MaryFromMichigan

somebody do something.

2 posted on 07/14/2008 5:00:37 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (maybe apes evolved from people.)
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To: MaryFromMichigan

Another one of those “animal hoarders” psychos who just loooooves their animals so much they can’t get enough of them.

3 posted on 07/14/2008 5:03:54 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: sinanju
Crazy cat/dog lady bump.
4 posted on 07/14/2008 5:09:53 AM PDT by allmendream (shamelessly stealing clever FReeper lines without attribution!)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Well, at least this woman may face some prison time.
From the link at the bottom of the article:

“The charge is a felony offense, punishable by four years of incarceration and/or $5,000, up to 500 hours of community service, and restitution for the cost of care and housing for the animals.

The court may also order that the defendant will not be able to own or possess any animals. Prosecutor Fink used a new Michigan law that elevates the level of criminal prosecution when ten or more animals are abused.”

Personally, I think a fitting punishment is the same treatment as she gave those poor dogs.

Hope I don’t see any more of these articles.
Makes you wonder how often this happens, just not reported.

5 posted on 07/14/2008 5:45:54 AM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: the invisib1e hand
I have a sister who is not far away from being in the same boat. Since her divorce 15 years ago she has gone from a very nice lifestyle and an expensive home, to extreme poverty and living in filth. And her mental heath has also suffered during this time, refusing to take any of her brothers and sisters advice. She is living in a mobile home full of rubbish with 6 dogs, 2 of them pregnant, and 2 of them beautiful black Labs, who spend much of their day in 8x8 kennels. The dogs are not starving, but still it makes me sad to see those dogs have to live that way, especially the labs. They deserve better. In her mind they are her children and she won't part with any of them.
6 posted on 07/14/2008 6:39:28 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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