Humane Society rescues 40 animals from Ann Arbor home
Detroit — An animal rescue organization plans to file a complaint with prosecutors after it seized more than two dozen dogs, eight chickens, five rabbits, several reptiles and even some hedgehogs from a Michigan home.
In all, 40 animals were removed Friday, the Ann Arbor-based Humane Society of Huron Valley said in a release.
“The home was in deplorable conditions, not suitable for people or animals,” said Matthew Schaecher, the group’s chief operating officer. “It seemed some of the dogs were used for breeding.”
People in the home claimed to have obtained many of the animals from Craigslist ads in an effort to rescue them, Schaecher said.
“Surely, to adequately care for a large number of animals and species, one needs a great amount of resources,” he added.
The group did not say in the release issued late Friday where the home the animals were found in was located. The Associated Press left a message seeking more details Saturday with the Humane Society of Huron Valley.
“The number of troubled individuals fraudulently calling themselves a ‘rescue’ is growing exponentially,” the organization’s Chief Executive Tanya Hilgendorf said in the release. “Once animals are placed in a bad situation, they have no way to voice their need for help. They are completely vulnerable, so extra caution is critical.”
The Humane Society of Huron Valley said it will run an adoption special beginning Monday for adult dogs to make room at its facility for the recently rescued animals.