Ingham Co. Animal Control & Shelter taking in dogs from crowded Detroit shelter

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INGHAM COUNTY, Mich. (WILX) - Even without a permanent director in place, the Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter (ICACS) is stepping up to help another Michigan shelter in need of assistance.

News 10's Alani Letang has the details in a story you're seeing first on news ten, with the exclusive report.

ICACS is taking in dogs from Detroit Animal Care and Control, which is facing a crisis because of overcrowding.

"They had all of their cage space was full plus some they are having to create extra cage space and they weren't having the ability to let the dogs out as any shelter would like to," said Kate Turner, Acting Deputy Director, Ingham Co. Animal Control & Shelter

Turner added, "we always try to help each other out, and we really wanted to help one of our other shelters out and make the accommodations to make sure that they got the care and the help they needed and the chance for adoption."

The Detroit shelter might have had to euthanize the dogs because of overcrowding, that's why Ingham County stepped in to rescue four of them.

One of them will need to be treated for heartworm.

"We happen to have the facility and the resources that are going to be able to treat, so we really wanted to make sure he had an extra chance," said Turner.

Just like the extra chance Detroit Animal Care and Control is giving ICACS following the crisis that led to former director John Dinon's firing.

"Well I think they have confidence in our staff here because I do think we have a great team that works here together to ensure that they put these animals first," said
Sgt. Andy Daenzer, Acting Director, Ingham Co. Animal Control & Shelter

The dogs from Detroit will undergo behavior evaluations and get spayed or neutered, but they should be up for adoption this weekend
And since Letang last spoke to the new acting leaders earlier this month, they tell me staff morale is looking up

"there's been a lot of positivity and looking forward to a bright future, knowing we can rally together as a group, and a team and be everything that we know we can be," said Turner.

Ingham County is currently looking for a new animal control director.

Sheriff's office Sergeant Andy Daenzer is serving as the acting director.

Currently, ICACS has an influx of cats. They are discounting adoptions, adult cats are $5 and kittens are $10 to approved adopters. There will also be a discounted cat adoption special event on September 22nd and 23rd at the Frandor Shopping Center to encourage cat adoptions.