Confiscated animals from farm to remain at foster homes

Associated Press

Alpena — More than 100 animals that were confiscated from a farm in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula will remain at foster homes for now.

The Alpena News reports a hearing to determine whether the animals should be forfeited by owner Deborah Lewandowski or remain temporarily housed until a criminal case is resolved started Thursday and resumes Dec. 23.

Witnesses testified the animals were living in poor conditions, with hooves on several horses overgrown. Among the animals were two dozen cocker spaniels and the dogs had what were described as severe flea infestations.

In questioning one witness, defense lawyer Bill Yahne asked whether Lewandowski may have been taking steps to help the dogs.

A veterinarian says two horses, a dog and a donkey needed to be euthanized because of their poor health.