More than 160 dogs found at blighted northern Michigan site

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EAST BAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Authorities discovered more than 160 dogs at a rural property near Traverse City after arriving to enforce blight violations.

The property is in East Bay Township in Grand Traverse County, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported.

“It was incredibly sad to see that someone would keep animals in that condition and that care,” said Beth Friend, the township’s supervisor. "I know that they’ve had loose dogs out there before but who would anticipate 165 canines?”

The dogs were found late last month in kennels in vehicles, campers and trailers.

Animal control officers from area counties assisted, along with Cherryland Humane Center, Friend said.

“We walked through the property, which we had never been able to do. We could only take pictures previously from afar,” she said.

The sheriff's office was investigating.


This story was first published on Jan. 29. It was updated on Feb. 8 to correct that the quote that begins “It was incredibly sad...” was said by East Bay Township’s supervisor, Beth Friend, not by Jamie Croel, Grand Traverse County’s animal control supervisor.