30 dogs, puppies removed from home in Calhoun Co.
Updated: Friday, April 12 2013, 10:29 PM EDT
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A horrific case of animal hoarding in Calhoun County.
Investigators say 30 dogs and puppies were found living in filth Thursday at a home off of 11 mile road in Burlington.
They belonged to an elderly dog breeder.
This is the fourth animal hoarding case the shelter has taken on just this year.
Workers are hopeful all the animals will make it, but it will take time to get their health back to where it should be.
"When they all came in they were very thin, they are very hungry," said Cynthia Buford, Calhoun County Animal Shelter.
From puppies to full grown, Buford says while they may look cute, the pomeranian/papillon mixes are infested with fleas and possible viruses.
"I feel very sorry for these babies. Breeding animals is ok but you have to know your limit," said Buford.
A limit the sheriff says the elderly owner did not know. She had faced animal cruelty charges in the past.
"In 2006 we had to seize 40 dogs," said Sheriff Matt Saxton, Calhoun County.
Neighbors wish she would have learned her lesson the first time.
"Why aren't we protecting these animals?" asked Maureen DeVoll.
"They'll do well once their health is back to where it should be," said Buford.
The sheriff says the owner could face more charges soon including animal cruelty.
The dogs and puppies are expected to be up for adoption in the next few weeks.
Donations may be sent to:
Calhoun County animal center
165 S. Union
Battle Creek, MI
You can also visit them on the web by clicking here.
Workers are also in need of small breed dog food.