Humane Society takes animals from Jenny's Market in Dexter

Horses, donkeys, goats said to be in poor health at Dexter market

Published On: Sep 10 2012 06:07:33 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 10 2012 06:23:26 PM EDT
DEXTER, Mich. -

The Huron Valley Humane Society took several animals from a popular market, claiming the animals were in poor health.

Seven horses, four donkeys and two goats were removed from Jenny's Market. The animals were reportedly underweight and showed other signs of neglect.

A few animals remained at the site and appeared to be in good health.

Burton Hoey has owned the market for 20 years and denied any wrongdoing.

"I don't want to be charged. I don't feel like I did anything wrong," Hoey said.

Hoey claimed he had the animals since June, taking them from a farm in Ohio where he said they were not properly cared for. Hoey admitted the animals were not in the best condition, but said he was working to nurse them back to health.

"We care for the horses and we feed them," Hoey said.

Jenny's Market has had problems in the past. A former employee filed a lawsuit after being paralyzed in an accident on the job.

Hoey said this is the first time the Humane Society has taken any action against him.

There is no word on whether or not Hoey will face any charges.