This article appeared in the Ludington News. Maybe someone in Michigan looking to rescue another Yorkie OR help with donations would be interested.
Managing Editor: Steve Begnoche 231-845-5181 Ext. 326 [email protected]
Dozens of animals in need
Animal control officers use search warrant to pick up 29 dogs, 5 puppies, 4 cats
How to help
Bring items to Mason County Animal Control, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon:
• Crunchy dog and puppy food, soft puppy food
• Puppy formula
• Stainless steel bowls
By JESSICA VANDERKOLK
Daily News Staff Writer
Twenty-nine dogs cried, jumped, ran in circles and stuck their tongues out, ecstatic to lick any finger that came near their cages Friday.
The dogs, two boxers and 27 Yorkshire terriers, two of which are pregnant, plus five Yorkshire puppies and four Persian-type cats, were rescued by Lisa Greenlee and Dan Claveau of Mason County Animal Control around noon Friday, picked up from a residence on Custer Road.
Greenlee said she plans to file paperwork with the prosecutor’s office seeking to charge the animals’ owners with animal cruelty.
“We’re going to be going to court on this,” she said. “We’ll be contacting the health department about the situation.
“Our priority was getting the animals out of there.”
The animals were in a sad state when they got there, Greenlee said.
“They were in very, very poor condition,” she said. “They were in dark cages, those plastic carriers, two to three dogs in a cage.
“The odor was overwhelming; they were soaked in feces and urine. There were very unhealthy conditions.”
Most of the animals were found in the home’s garage, with a few dogs and the cats inside the home which was “filthy,” according to Greenlee. The stacked cages in the garage had newspaper in them, but it was soaked with urine that dripped into the cage underneath.
“We had received several complaints for about a year, from people who bought the animals; some of them were dying,” Greenlee said. “They were selling the animals; it was a puppy mill.”
Greenlee said she also received a complaint from the American Kennel Club that the family would not register their animals. The AKC complaint gave the area’s law enforcement agencies enough information for a search and seizure warrant, which was executed Friday morning.
The family was home when the two county employees picked up the animals; Greenlee said they were cooperative, but unhappy that their animals were being taken. They told her they thought they were taking fine care of the animals. “Those that are walking in circles?” she asked rhetorically. “They’ve been caged up in a small space for too long; that’s all the space they had to move.”
She and Claveau, escorted by a representative from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, used a truck from VanderHaag Car Sales in Scottville to pick up the animals. She also received some donations from Home Depot and has help from Lakeshore Animal Friends volunteers.
But she needs help from the public, too.
“We could use assistance from the public,” she said. “We need food, crunchy food, blankets, and everything they can think of.
“They can give us money to buy the things we need; we’re open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.”
Greenlee said she doesn’t know if the animals will recover, and isn’t even sure what’s wrong with many of them. She said volunteers would be helping her bathe them Friday and they would all be checked by a veterinarian.
Fran Sinnott, president of Lakeshore Animal Friends, was on hand Friday to help with the animals.
“We’re going to get you some food and figure this out,” she said to one of the dogs as she let it lick her fingers. “It looks like they’re starving for attention.
“We’re going to help as much as we can; I would say that some of these dogs just need to be held for awhile.”
The puppies, dogs and cats are all staying at Animal Control for now, with clean rugs under their paws and bowls of water ready to be lapped up.
843-1122, ext. 309