Police rescue 78 dogs living in ‘poor conditions’ from West Michigan home

Animals taken to shelter for evaluation

Animals inside a Norton Shores home were rescued by police on Jan. 30, 2023. (Norton Shores Police)

NORTON SHORES, Mich. – Police on the west side of Michigan rescued 78 dogs from a house in Norton Shores on Monday.

Norton Shores police shared on Facebook that a director of Pound Buddies, an animal shelter, informed officials about an excessive number of dogs in poor health and living in awful conditions at a home in the area. Officials say an anonymous complainant was able to capture photos of the dogs’ living conditions.

Norton Shores police obtained a search warrant for the home and searched it with members of Pound Buddies, Harbor Humane Society and Glen Park Animal Hospital.

Officials seized 78 dogs from inside the Norton Shores home and brought them to Pound Buddies for an evaluation and temporary placement on Jan. 30.

There isn’t much information about the homeowners, but police say that a subject has been taken to Muskegon County Jail and charged with animal neglect.

You can watch the video below from Norton Shores police on the evacuation of the 78 dogs.

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