Montcalm County Animal Control seizes 62 animals from Sheridan residence

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 5:02 pm on Thursday, October 18, 2012

SHERIDAN — Montcalm County Animal Control officials executed a search warrant Monday and seized 52 dogs and 10 cats from a Sheridan residence.

Animal Control was assisted by the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post while seizing the animals in the 4500 block of S. Sheridan Road (M-66).

The action came after Animal Control received a complaint about the residence. No charges have yet been filed.

“Animal Control is doing the investigation,” said Montcalm County Assistant Prosecutor Chris Hekman. “They’ve got their hands full. If there’s 62 of anything, it’s going to take some time.”

Animal Control Officer Angie Sova said she had to send all the animals currently at the Animal Shelter in Stanton to the Kent County Animal Shelter in Grand Rapids and to other rescue facilities to make room for the seized animals.

“We are fortunate to be in a position to help Montcalm County Animal Control,” said Cathy Raevsky, administrative health officer for the Kent County Health Department. “Several other dogs could be transferred to the Kent County Animal Shelter in the coming days.”

Sova said none of the seized animals had to be euthanized.

“We don’t really have any extra room,” Sova said. “This is the biggest animal seizure we’ve done by far.”

The dogs and cats are all different breeds and ages. They cannot be adopted until the owner is convicted of a crime or if the owner signs the animals over to Montcalm County. A veterinarian examined the seized animals on Wednesday.

“This is a big event for Animal Control right now,” said Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer. “We had to purchase 500 pounds of dog food.”

The Animal Shelter in Stanton is currently so full that some dogs are being housed two to three in a cage.

While the animals cannot be adopted at this time, anyone wishing to help in another way can donate to the Animal Shelter in Stanton. Call (989) 831-7355 for more information.

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