Up to 100 dogs and puppies removed from Montcalm Co. home

REYNOLDS TWP, Mich. (WZZM)- Up to 100 dogs have been removed from a home in Montcalm County. They are now being cared for at a local shelter.

It's a follow-up to a story WZZM 13 News first told you about in 2012. Neighbors in Kent County said there was a puppy mill in their neighborhood. The business is called "Pixie Puppies".

The woman, who was selling them, Renee Suchil, started the business at her home in Solon Township. After being cited In Kent County for running an illegal kennel, she tried to start the business again, in Montcalm County. "We required she get a kennel license", says Montcalm County Animal Control Director Angela Hollingshead, who was notified by Kent County that Suschil had moved to town.

"We don't have a county wide ordinance that we enforce, but the township, Reynolds Township says you can only have 3 in a home or on the property. Unless you have a kennel license." At that point, Suschil had about 100 dogs. Hollinshead says one of their officers gave her instructions on what they needed to see, before they issued her a kennel license.

"The first one didn't pass, so we gave her a couple of weeks to fix things, get it up to par, but we didn't have much improvement. The officer went out and did another inspection, it didn't pass either."

At that point, Hollinshead says Suschil was given two options: to surrender the dogs or be given a citation for each dog, for not having a license. She opted to work with a local rescue group, who took all the animals. They are now being taken care of by foster parents and getting the vet care that they need. There's no word yet, on when they might be up for adoption.


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