2 Face Animal Cruelty Charges in Hillsdale County

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) -- Two people face animal cruelty charges after Hillsdale County authorities seized 16 malnourished horses from farms in Pittsford and Jefferson townships.

A 44-year-old man and 50-year-old woman face misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty causing death after being arrested Friday, when Michigan State Police and Hillsdale County Sheriff officials seized horses from two farms

Police seized 10 horses from a Pittsford Township farm, and six from a farm in Jefferson Township. Sixteen horses were recovering Monday at a farm in Hillsdale County.

State Police Trooper Tony Weldy tells the Jackson Citizen Patriot the horses were "extremely emaciated" and one "looked like it would starve to death."
An Oct. 18 arraignment is set.


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  • by william p Location: jackson on Oct 12, 2010 at 04:17 PM
    we should run out of food and care come on give the horses up and we will start to feed
  • by Anonymous on Oct 12, 2010 at 07:44 AM
    Another black eye for Hillsdale county...too bad this county can't provide an alternative to arresting the people that are asking for assistance in placing their animals they can no longer feed. This because the lack of jobs and poverty level the Hillsdale county residents are living in here. You think there's help out there for the many animals in this situation?...go ahead try to find it!!! You have no idea of the number of abandoned horses, dogs and family pets that the Sheriffs dept has picked up. I don't know the situation of these 2 people arrested but I do know of many others seeking help and there is NONE...Hillsdale county has NO trouble in finding the funds to prosecute though..cha ching!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 12, 2010 at 06:31 AM
    Enough is enough with cases like this!there is no reason on earth that we shouldnt be treating these as SERIOUS cases, and adjusting the punishment to be more harsh! If i hear that these ppl walk away with just a fine and a slap on the wrist..Then we will indeed need to start making changes in our LAWS! Nobody should get away with this.
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