St. Clair couple with more than 100 dogs to face trial

Associated Press

Port Huron — A couple in St. Clair County will face trial after more than 100 dogs were found in awful conditions at their home.

A Norwegian Buhund puppy flails across the floor while playing with volunteers at the Humane Society of St. Clair County SNAP in China Township. Several Norwegian Buhund puppies were surrendered to SNAP after dozens of dogs were seized from a Cottrellville Township home.

Michael and Lynn Higgins are charged with abandoning or cruelty to animals in Cottrellville Township. An animal control officer told a judge Wednesday a strong odor of animals, urine and feces dominated the home.

Judge Michael Hulewicz says the pictures show “filthy, terrible conditions” — plenty of evidence to send the case to trial court. At least 14 dogs were euthanized while many others have been adopted. They were removed from the home in mid-June.

Sandra Kilby, executive director, makes a face as she plays with a rescued Norwegian Buhund puppy at the Humane Society of St. Clair County SNAP in China Township, Michigan.  Several Norwegian Buhund puppies were surrendered to SNAP after dozens of dogs were seized from a Cottrellville Township home.

Sheriff Tim Donnellon says the couple was breeding, showing and rescuing dogs but “things got out of control.”