PAW PAW, Mich. -

Authorities in southwestern Michigan have charged a woman with cruelty to animals after they confiscated a pair of emaciated dogs found chained up outside an apparently vacant home.

The Van Buren County sheriff's department says the dogs' owner 33-year-old Brandi Espinosa pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Thursday in District Court in Paw Paw.

She was released. Her next hearing is scheduled for Oct. 26.

A message seeking comment was left Friday by The Associated Press at a telephone listing for Espinosa.

The court said it didn't know whether she had a lawyer.

The sheriff's department says the mixed breed dogs found Wednesday in Paw Paw Township, about 50 miles southwest of Grand Rapids, are part pit bull.
The dogs are being cared for by Van Buren County Animal Control.

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