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MN: 17 dogs rescued from cold near Battle Creek

Discussion in 'Pit Bull News' started by Vicki, Feb 3, 2019.

  1. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Staff Member

    Southwest Michigan
    17 dogs rescued from arctic cold near Battle Creek
    24 Hour News 8 web staff
    Updated: Feb 01, 2019 06:22 PM EST

    The backyard kennel in Emmett Township where 17 dogs were [ + ]

    EMMETT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Investigators said they are trying to determine if some of the 17 dogs left outside in the bitter cold Thursday were bred for dogfighting.

    The dogs, most of them pit bull terriers, were evaluated by a veterinarian after deputies seized them from a home on I Drive North near 10 Mile Road in Emmett Township, east of Battle Creek.

    They were being held at the Calhoun County Animal Shelter. Officials there would only say they all survived.

    The morning low temperature on Thursday hit -14 in the Battle Creek area, with a wind chill of -40.

    "With the information we had and the terrible weather, subzero weather, that we had, it wasn't safe for those dogs to be kept outside with the shelter they had outside," Calhoun County Sheriff Matt Saxton said on Friday.

    The signs in front of the home warn against trespassing, including by government agents. The gate that blocks the driveway is locked.

    "We've dealt with the subject in the past," Saxton said. "He refused to cooperate with us and talk with us or come to his door, or answer his phone, so we had to get a search warrant."

    The sheriff says his team found the dogs without enough shelter to stay warm, and with frozen food and ice for water.

    "We did find information that led us to believe he may be breeding animals for dogfighting," the sheriff said. "There was no evidence of dogfighting at that location."

    Records show the home is owned by a 65-year-old man who is linked to Iron Line Kennels, which according to its website breeds and sells pit bulls.

    24 Hour News 8 couldn't reach the owner Friday, but the kennel responded to the investigation on its Facebook page.

    "It's over. Thanks to the rat bastards," a post read.

    The Facebook page also said the dog houses were insulated, had automatic feeders and that the dogs were given fresh water and broth at least twice a day.

    Neighbors said they never saw anything to suggest dogfighting on the man's property.

    "A lot of barking back there, that's about it," one neighbor said.

    "I knew he had dogs, but I thought he just breeded them and that's how he made money," said another neighbor, Joe Schero.

    The sheriff said his office is pursuing animal cruelty charges, but said any possible charges related to dogfighting could take months.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office at 269.781.0880 or Silent Observer at 269.781.9700.
  2. treezpitz

    treezpitz CH Dog Staff Member

    This is Mike's yard. I hope the best for him and his dogs.
    david63 likes this.
  3. rroscoe

    rroscoe Lightner Hemphill / Colby

    Nothing found relating to fighting dogs appear unharmed this is BS after an hour water can freeze you replace it they drink half the rest freezes it a cycle
    david63 likes this.
  4. mccoypitbulls

    mccoypitbulls Underdog

    Not good. During these cold days. I brought mine inside and made clips of the temps in their kennel. Try to document and show the care I take. Some years back when fella behind the wierdjack stuff was here, I took note of his dealings with the law. It is a very good thing to have documented proof incase you need it. Very sad. I'm sure they are heartbroken ...and pleanty fired up.

    I will say that caring for my dogs in this cold is probably 4x as much work
    AmiistadLake likes this.
  5. GK1

    GK1 Big Dog

    News report are rarely accurate and often biased. Surprise. But for discussion sake if partially true, why not owner answer the door and explain how the dogs are managed in inclement weather, bring them indoors whatever. Beats the search warrant, losing the dogs and getting your reputation crushed. That kennel has been around a year or two...
  6. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Staff Member

  7. treezpitz

    treezpitz CH Dog Staff Member

    Because you don't have to. That's why.
    david63 and AGK like this.
  8. GK1

    GK1 Big Dog

    Thus the result...
  9. david63

    david63 CH Dog

    He should have offered them coffee and a lot of donuts everything would have been fine.
  10. david63

    david63 CH Dog

    Sounds like a witch hunt to me.
  11. stedz

    stedz Big Dog

    Wonder how long before they let those dogs rot.
  12. FrozenEli

    FrozenEli Big Dog

    Any update on Norrod's dogs? I'd call and ask him myself but I don't have 5 hours to spare on a phone call.

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