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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 Administrator

    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. Medic man

    Medic man Puppy

    I guessing witch hunt and as usual media only gives LE side of events. Knowing who this is he has kept dogs in that area since 69. That would include the blizzard of 78 and the winter 89/90 which was extremely cold. His dog survived and thrived these plus many other extremely cold winters in this area. I doubt a reasonable person would believe that he doesn't have adequate provisions for his dogs. Sounds like the excuse they were looking for to enter his property and try him in the court of public opinion with his side. Media misrepresentation of of a situation is powerful.
    AGK likes this.
  3. AGK

    AGK Scratch Kingz Staff Member

    It's funny how there are no pictures of the dogs. Think one of the articles stated in a week or so they'll post pictures. About the amount of time it will take to make them look emaciated.

    Everyone knows what kind of shape IM keeps his dogs in and he is very well known for his husbandry of them..

    This is nothing more than a flat out witch hunt.

    I live in an area that has the same type of weather he lives in, we acutally probably get more snow here and I have never lost a dog in the winter from it being outside in 22 years.

    Just another situation where they're going after the source of a line to try and end it.

    Someone from the area should post the officials numbers from there so we can start blowing up their phones lines.

    Parts of MI dont have clean water to drink for the last 4 years yet they got money to waste on witch hunts. Go figure.
    oldman likes this.
  4. oldman

    oldman Little Dog

    Just found out in the last few days who it was. He knows more about dogs than the people who busted him and took very good care of his dogs.
    Wasn't there someone else busted a while back that was looking for a way out of trouble?
  5. Medic man

    Medic man Puppy

    The numbers are at the end of vicki's post.
    AGK likes this.
  6. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

    Why are there no pictures of the dogs? I'll tell you why.....because there's NOTHING wrong with them!!
    Medic man likes this.

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