Animal Control officers seize more than 90 animals from Lansing house

LANSING - More than 90 animals were removed from a south Lansing home today in an apparent neglect or cruelty investigation.

Ingham County Animal Control Investigators received a tip about a large number of animals living in unhealthy conditions and obtained a search warrant for the house on Teel Avenue, said John Dinon, the agency's director.

They found two dogs and around 90 cats living in "very unsanitary" conditions, he said.

"Certainly, we saw a lot of fleas and skin issues, and there are probably upper respiratory conditions – things we'd typically see in hoarding cases," Dinon said.

Investigators spent much of Monday afternoon removing the animals, all of which were taken to the county shelter in Mason, Dinon said.

The animals were living in a cluttered house with "cat feces everywhere and cats in most of the rooms," he said.

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A man who lives at the address was not present when the animals were removed, Dinon said. The man was expected to meet with animal control officers on Tuesday, he said.

"We'll provide good care for all of the animals," he said. "There is an ongoing investigation, and my assumption is that we will turn it over to the county prosecutor for possible criminal charges."

Lansing State Journal


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