Police investigate animal cruelty of more than 60 dogs and cattle in Gladwin County
BUTMAN TWP, MI – Police are investigating an animal cruelty complaint in Gladwin County involving more than 60 dogs and numerous other animals.
On Wednesday, November 4, Michigan State Police soldiers responded to a complaint of animal cruelty at a farm on Dutcher Road in Butman Township. The soldiers arrived to find 69 dogs, four goats, two sheep, nine cows, six horses, two pigs, three turkeys and 17 chickens in need of immediate veterinary care due to malnutrition, neglect and lack of proper care.
The dogs are to receive treatment and will be held at various animal shelters in the area. Local residents are helping with the care and housing of affected livestock, soldiers reported.
The soldiers also found several animal carcasses on the property that had not been properly buried.
The soldiers are investigating the owner but no charges have been laid.
Soldiers are assisted by animal control agencies in Gladwin, Ogemaw, Clare, Roscommon, Arenac and Bay counties, as well as the Humane Societies in Midland and Missaukee counties. The Gladwin County District Attorney’s Office and famed veterinarian Dr Jan Pol are also helping, the latter having offered his contributions, soldiers reported.
Those who witness animal cruelty are urged to call your local animal control agency as soon as possible or dial 911 if you are unfamiliar with local organizations. For more information on animal cruelty, visit The Humane Society of the United States at www.humanesociety.org.
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