Several dogs are looking for a good home after being kept in the worst possible conditions.
They're survivors from two separate local animal cruelty cases, and the Capital Area Humane Society nursed them back to health over the last couple of months.
"She's just very very sweet, very very docile, very loving," Licensed Veterinary Technician and humane society staff member Jenny Ottney said about Shockte, an Afghan Hound.
Shockte was shown almost no love by her owner though, Kathleen Williams, a licensed veterinarian. Williams recently pleaded guilty to abuse and neglect of Shockte and six other show-quality Afghan Hounds. They were discovered living in their own feces at her Delta Township practice back in October.
"When they got here, they were in horrible condition," Capital Area Humane Society President Julia Palmer said. "Very matted, very thin, very uncared for."
After almost four months of care, three Afghans can be adopted now, and four Tibetan Spaniels from yet another animal neglect case are available, too. They were among 17 dogs found in December living in the home of Patricia Schenck, a Michigan State University Veterinary School Assistant Professor who now faces a felony charge in Clinton County.
"It really struck home with our vets here because it makes them feel like the community is going to distrust vets now," Ottney said.
The Eaton County Prosecutor said Williams is under specific probationary terms, including no care for dogs or cats, but she still has her license. Some of her dogs that were collected in October were released to co-owners after Williams filed a civil suit, but Animal Control is keeping close tabs on them to make sure they don't end up back at the Humane Society. Palmer said they fought hard to keep all of the dogs under their care.
"It's our job to protect the animals, to enforce the laws and to make their lives better, and that's what we're here to do," Palmer said.
They plan to work very closely with potential adopters to find the right home for Shockte and her friends.
"I just pray that we find the right people for the dogs, because they've been through so much, and they deserve so much more," Ottney said.
The Humane Society believes the dogs might require some special care because of what they went through. A quiet home is probably best, but anyone interested is welcome to visit the Humane Society.
Schenck is due in Clinton Country Circuit Court March 11 for a pre-trial.
Williams' sentencing is set for March 22, and she'll undergo a mandatory psychological evaluation before that.