Officials: 50 dogs seized in cruelty investigation

Associated Press

Mio — Officials say more than 50 dogs have been seized from a home in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula during an animal cruelty investigation.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says the dogs were removed from the home in Mio, about 165 miles northwest of Detroit, after unsanitary and overcrowded conditions were found. They range in age from puppies to adults.

The ASPCA says it’s believed the dogs were being bred for sale and the operation wasn’t licensed. Tim Rickey, vice president of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response, tells the overall conditions at the home were “just unacceptable.”

Rickey says most of the dogs were housed in the basement.

Oscoda County officials were at the home for more than eight hours Monday. The case is under investigation.