Genesee County Animal Control to host free vaccine clinic, volunteer orientation
FLINT TWP, MI - The Genesee County Animal Control will host a free vaccine clinic this weekend for residents. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at Genesee County Animal Control, 4351 Pasadena Ave.No appointment is necessary. Individuals can purchase a Genesee County dog license on the same day -- with all late fees waived. Genesee County Animal Control additionally will host a volunteer orientation at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 16. For more information, follow the Genesee County Animal Control Facebook page.mlive.com
Ex-Saginaw County Animal Control director charged with embezzlement bound over for trial
SAGINAW, MI — The former director of Saginaw County Animal Care & Control accused of embezzling a five-figure sum is a step closer to facing a jury. The judge also granted a request from Saginaw County Assistant Prosecutor Aaron M. Majorana to add a count of lying to a peace officer. On the hearing’s first day, Saginaw County Controller Robert V. Belleman testified he hired Stoffel as the director of Animal Control in 2016, a position she took over that August. The day of the 2018 Fur Ball, $9,194 was raised through the Square account, Hoeflin said. Read more:$30,000 went missing from Saginaw Animal Control under ex-director, county controller saysEx-Saginaw County Animal Control director faked college records, embezzled $36,000, police reports stateFormer Saginaw County Animal Control director charged with felony embezzlementAnimal control director resigns before deadline to prove college degreeSaginaw animal control director considers resigning amid controversyAnimal control director expects to be fired over education credentialsmlive.com
$30,000 went missing from Saginaw Animal Control under ex-director, county controller says
As his only witness of the day, Saginaw County Assistant Prosecutor Aaron M. Majorana called Saginaw County Controller and Chief Administrative Officer Robert V. Belleman to the stand. Saginaw County Controller Robert V. Belleman testifies in the April 14, 2022, preliminary examination of ex-Animal Control Director Lisa E. Stoffel. After Stoffel quit, Animal Control staff reported several unpaid bills, prompting the county to look at the agency’s financial records. “Did you ever authorize Lisa Stoffel or anyone else at Saginaw County Animal Control to use those proceeds in any other way besides turning them over to the county?” Majorana asked. Read more:Ex-Saginaw County Animal Control director faked college records, embezzled $36,000, police reports stateFormer Saginaw County Animal Control director charged with felony embezzlementAnimal control director resigns before deadline to prove college degreeSaginaw animal control director considers resigning amid controversyAnimal control director expects to be fired over education credentialsmlive.com
Saginaw County woman faces animal cruelty charge after 13 live cats, 4 dead ones found in abandoned home
“There were feces all over the floor in every room,” Kanicki said. “They did not see any available food or water.”A few days later, Animal Control and Saginaw Township police officers executed a search warrant on the house. “They went room to room looking for cats,” Kanicki said. “When we opened the door to the house, an orange cat ran out and jumped in the front seat of the Animal Control truck. While Lux, Pancake, and Mini-Moo are available for adoption now, Pooka must remain with Animal Control for a while longer due to ongoing veterinary treatment.mlive.com
Trio charged with animal cruelty after 41 animals removed from Saginaw County farm
SAGINAW, MI — Last spring, authorities removed 41 malnourished animals from a farm in rural Saginaw County. Animal Control officers returned to the farm for another matter on May 20. A Saginaw County Sheriff’s deputy and Animal Control officers came to the property, finding an extensive amount of animals in obvious need of veterinary care, Kanicki said. All three defendants were arraigned on criminal charges in Saginaw County District Court on various dates in mid-March. Read more:Saginaw County family face animal cruelty charges after 44 dogs pulled from 2 homesAfter dogged pursuit of new facility, Saginaw County celebrates groundbreaking for $8.5M animal shelterSaginaw man faces animal cruelty charge after child kept dead puppy as toymlive.com
8 dogs rescued from Genesee County home; suspect sought
GENESEE COUNTY, MI — Eight dogs rescued from a Genesee County home after being severely neglected are up for adoption at Genesee County Animal Control, meaning they may soon have new homes. “There’s an individual that’s responsible for the treatment of this animal and seven others,” Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson said Tuesday, Feb. 15 at a joint news conference with Crime Stoppers outside Genesee County Animal Control. One of the dogs, a 2-year-old Pitbull-mix named Thrax, had the worst of the injuries among the dogs rescued, the sheriff said. Animal control officials tried to save Thrax’s leg upon bringing him to the shelter but were unable to do so. She said anyone interested in adopting the animals can do so by connecting with animal control on Facebook.mlive.com
‘Disney Dogs’ rescued from large-scale breeding operation deserve ‘happily ever after’
TRAVERSE CITY, MI – More than 100 dogs that were seized from a large-scale breeding operation in Northern Michigan will soon be available for adoption, officials said. RELATED: Man charged in large-scale dog breeding operation at blighted Northern Michigan propertyOn Jan. 28, 164 dogs were seized from an East Bay Township property owned by 72-year-old Raymond Feagles. The remaining dogs are in the care of Cherryland Humane Society, which has dubbed them the “Disney Dogs.”“Every single one of these pooches deserves a happily ever after,” the humane society said in an update on Monday, Feb. 14. “It was much worse than any of us could have imagined,” the humane society said. “It fills our hearts to watch their confidence grow, their personalities start to develop, and to accept love without hesitation,” the humane society said.mlive.com
Canine respiratory illness shutters Bay County dog park
BAY CITY, MI - Pet owners will need to make alternative plans to keep their canine friends busy after a popular dog play area has been closed. Bay County Animal Services & Adoption Center had to take action to temporarily close the the Bay County Central Bark Park in Bay City due to reports of an upper respiratory illness that was being passed between dogs who visited the park. Bay County had previously closed the park and the neighboring Bay County Animal Services & Adoption Center building due to reports of kennel cough back in April, 2021. Both are located in the Bay County Fairgrounds at 800 Livingston Street. More from MLiveBay County shelter allows volunteers to ‘check out a dog to take for a walk’Bay County shelter sees spikes in animal surrendersBay County Animal Control gets new name to better reflect its missionIconic willow tree falls in Bay City’s Carroll ParkBay City Commissioner appointed as new Bay County Clerk‘Our people are strong and determined,’ says official as Bay County navigates a decreasing and aging populationBay County libraries offer program using ‘talk pedometer’ to improve kindergarten readinessmlive.com
33 cats rescued from house after mail carrier sees some on the roof
MONROE, MI – A nonprofit animal shelter in Monroe rescued 33 cats from a home after a mail carrier spotted multiple cats on the roof of what appeared to be an abandoned home. In January, a mail carrier on his route in downtown Monroe spotted multiple cats on the roof of the seeming abandoned home and called Monroe County Animal Control which referred the carrier to the non-profit shelter, FOCA Shelter Director Penny Bly said. Shelter volunteers coordinated with the owner of the house, who no longer lived at the residence, and rescued 33 cats in total from the home over the course of several months, Bly said. Animals that become available for adoption can be viewed by visiting the shelter’s website at friendsofcompanionanimals.org or visiting the shelter’s Facebook page. Cats can be view in -person by visiting the shelter located at 2532 N. Dixie Highway in Monroe.mlive.com
33 cats rescued from Monroe home after mail carrier notices some on roof
Tiger Sox (left) and Billy (right) -- two of the 33 cats rescued from a Monroe home. MONROE, Mich. – Officials rescued 33 cats from what appeared to be an abandoned home in Monroe after a mail carrier noticed some of them on the roof. Penny Bly, the shelter director of Friends of Companion Animals, said a mail carrier called Monroe County Animal Control after seeing cats on the roof of the home. In total, 33 cats were rescued from the home and are being held at the Friends of Companion Animals location in Monroe. “FOCA’s main priority from the start is caring for the cats,” Bly said.
19 cats, 3 dogs found in ‘deplorable’ conditions in Port Huron home
PORT HURON, Mich. – Police are investigating an animal cruelty and hoarding situation in Port Huron. When officers arrived they found a 53-year-old woman and a 44-year-old man living in deplorable conditions. On Tuesday at 1:15 p.m. police and animal control officers searched the home. The man and woman living in the home are married and are cooperating with the investigation. AdREAD: More Port Huron news coverage
Severely wounded puppies leads to felony against Buena Vista Township man
BUENA VISTA TWP, MI — A Buena Vista Township man is facing a felony for allegedly letting severely injured puppies he was breeding go without veterinary care. On Jan. 6, Montrel brought a second injured puppy to Animal Control. Animal Control staff asked Montrel to sign over any other animals in his care. Animal Control officers and Buena Vista Township police officers on Jan. 8 executed a search warrant on Montrel’s home, seizing another adult female, an adult male, and four more puppies, that were in decent condition. Montrel had been using the three adults to breed puppies, Kanicki said.mlive.com
Woman arrested, charged with murder in connection with Monroe County Animal Control officer killed in crash
MONROE, Mich. – A 47-year-old woman from Hudson was arrested Friday in connection with the death of Monroe County Animal Control officer Darrian Young. Michele Anne Dropulich was arraigned Saturday on charges of second degree murder and operating while intoxicated causing death and reckless driving causing death. Police believe Dropulich was speeding when she ran a red light at the intersection of Raisinville and South Custer roads on June 4, striking Young’s vehicle, killing her. Police said lab results revealed Dropulich was intoxicated at the time of the collision. Dropulich is being held at the Monroe County Jail.
Crocodile sightings reported in Clinton River, Macomb County Animal Control investigating
HARRISON TOWNSHIP, MI -- The Macomb County Animal Control has received numerous calls recently for reports of a possible crocodile swimming in the Clinton River. While exploring the river, the WDIV crew used an underwater camera to try to track the reptile. And while they weren’t able to get a clear look at the crocodile, they did film something moving in the water that may have been the crocodile. An enhanced image showed what looks like an crocodile head on the surface of the water. No injuries to humans have been reported and the Macomb County Animal Control will continue to investigate.mlive.com
Suspected crocodile reported in Clinton River in Harrison Township
HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Macomb County Animal Control is investigating a suspected crocodile or alligator reported swimming through the Clinton River in Harrison Township. “It was just swimming over there, came up out of the water. It had seen me and then went back down in the water,” said Anthony, who was near the river. Local 4 News' Tim Pamplin explored Clinton River for sightings of the suspected reptile. You can watch Tim Pamplin’s full story in the video above.
Oakland County officials find decomposed body, 11 animals, insect infestation inside mans home
LEONARD, Mich. Oakland County officials said they found a womans decomposed body and 11 animals inside a home when they removed a man for medical attention due to an insect infestation. Oakland County deputies and Addison Township firefighters were called at 8:25 p.m. Wednesday to a home in the 1800 block of Rochester Road in the village of Leonard, officials said. Her husband was taken from the home to Ascension Providence Hospital of Rochester for medical attention due to insect infestation, officials said. Oakland County Animal Control officers came to the home and removed nine cats, a dog and a bird. The Oakland County Medical Examiners Office took custody of the womans body and scheduled an autopsy.
Small alligator on the loose in Clinton Township, police say
CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. Police are looking for a small alligator that escaped from a home in Clinton Township. A small alligator escaped from a home in Clinton Township. Photo provided by the Clinton Township Police Department. (Clinton Township Police Department)Officials urge residents not to approach the animal if spotted. Instead police ask anyone who sees the alligator to contact animal control at 586-469-5115 or the Clinton Township Police Department.
Truck carrying 39 live cows overturns on I-75, closing part of freeway
CRAWFORD COUNTY, Mich. A livestock truck carrying nearly 40 cows overturned on I-75 Wednesday near Grayling in Crawford County. Volunteers and officials Crawford County Animal Control were called to the scene to help with the animals. Authorities said some of the cows were killed in the crash and some had to be put down due to their injuries. According to Crawford County officials, local farmers volunteers to help round up and transport the remaining cattle. The freeway was reopened at about 1 p.m.
Funeral held for Monroe County Animal Control officer killed in crash
MONROE, Mich. Officer Darrian Young was honored Saturday with a horse-drawn carriage procession on South Dixie Highway to Monroe Missionary Baptist Church. Police are still looking for the driver who struck Youngs vehicle June 4. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash. The vehicle is described as a black 2014 Dodge Caravan with no license plate. At some point before the crash, the Dodge Caravan was damaged from the front end.
Member of Monroe County Sheriffs Office in critical condition after multiple-car crash in Monroe
MONROE, Mich. The Monroe County Sheriffs Office is investigating a traffic crash involving a Monroe County Sheriffs Animal Control Division vehicle from their department that occurred in Monroe on Thursday. Officials say a 44-year-old woman was driving westbound on M-50 and disregarded a red light at the intersection of Raisinville and South Custer roads, striking the county sheriffs vehicle that was traveling south on Rasinville Road. The driver of the county sheriffs vehicle was transported to the hospital and listed in critical condition. Officials say the woman driver, from Hudson, Michigan, sustained serious injuries and was also taken to the hospital. The woman is believed to have been involved in a previous hit-and-run incident in Monroe, officials said.
CDC warns of unusual or aggressive rodents hunting for food amid COVID-19
The CDC issued a warning over the weekend about rodents exhibiting unusual or aggressive behavior as the hunt for food becomes more difficult. Jurisdictions have closed or limited service at restaurants and other commercial establishments to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Community-wide closures have led to a decrease in food available to rodents, especially in dense commercial areas. Some jurisdictions have reported an increase in rodent activity as rodents search for new sources of food. Environmental health and rodent control programs may see an increase in service requests related to rodents and reports of unusual or aggressive rodent behavior, the CDC said.
Shelter dogs receive special Christmas meals thanks to Macomb County restaurant
CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Dogs under the care of Macomb County Animal Control enjoyed special meals Tuesday. Travis Restaurant in Clinton Township donated 50 plain Travis Burgers for the shelter dogs to enjoy on Christmas Eve. The cats at the shelter also got snacks.
83 toy-sized dogs with medical issues seized from St. Clair Township home
ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Mich. More than 80 dogs with medical issues were seized Tuesday from a suspected dog-breeder in St. Clair Township. Authorities said a tip alerted them to the 83 dogs found in wire cages stacked on top of each other. In addition to the dogs, St. Clair County Animal Control also seized four cats and two birds from the property. The St. Clair County Animal Control are working with the Humane Society to spay, and neuter the dogs and treat their injuries. These dogs have lived in wire bottom cages their entire life, said St. Clair County Animal Control director Erika Stroman.
Dogfighting ring suspected after man finds abused dogs in Detroit
He said he could see scars on one dog's face and the dog's ribs. Shawn Waeghe with 313 K9 and Kitty Rescue arrived with police and believes the dogs were put out as a trap to catch more dogs for a dogfighting ring. The male dog, Sampson, needs surgery but can't undergo surgery until an infection clears up. Protocol with the city of Detroit is that if a dogfighting is involved or suspected Animal Care and Control doesn't get involved. If you'd like to donate to 313 K9 and Kitty Rescue, click here.
Clinton Township police search for man seen hitting dog in Snapchat video
CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Police are trying to track down a man caught on video hitting a helpless dog in Macomb County. The chief of Macomb County Animal Control, Jeff Randazzo, said someone sent the department the video Friday afternoon. Animal Control began investigating the incident as soon as they received the video they began investigating with the Sheriff's Office and Clinton Township police. The man seen in the video was also not home. You can see the dog crouch back, almost like someone is holding back, or it goes back because it's not the first time someone's abused this dog," Randazzo said.
Detroit Animal Control adding 9 officers in wake of deadly dog mauling
DETROIT - Detroit Animal Control is expected to add nine more officers to its force by October. The department currently works with 10 trained officers. They are working to train enough new officers to nearly double the staff. This news comes after a deadly attack on a 9-year-old girl in August in Southwest Detroit, but the department said plans for expansion already were underway. More: Owner of dogs that fatally mauled 9-year-old girl out on bondCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Missing dog found in Michigan reunites with owner after disappearing from Tennessee
CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Missy, a terrier mix, disappeared from her Tennessee home about a year and a half ago. On Thursday, the dog was on a flight back to her owner after she was found in Michigan last week. She was brought to Macomb County Animal Control, where her microchip was scanned and brought up an active phone number. said Chief Jeff Randazzo, with Macomb County Animal Control. A former neighbor of Macomb County Animal Control worker Jillian Kane is a pilot.
Missing dog found in Michigan reunites with owner after disappearing from Tennessee
CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. Missy, a terrier mix, disappeared from her Tennessee home about a year and a half ago. On Thursday, the dog was on a flight back to her owner after she was found in Michigan last week. She was brought to Macomb County Animal Control, where her microchip was scanned and brought up an active phone number. said Chief Jeff Randazzo, with Macomb County Animal Control. A former neighbor of Macomb County Animal Control worker Jillian Kane is a pilot.