State releases report of Ingham Co. Animal Control & Shelter

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INGHAM COUNTY, Mich. (WILX) - According to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), there is sufficient information to believe that the Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter has violated the Pet Shops, Dog Pounds, and Animal Shelters Act.

An investigation from the state finds the Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter broke the law when caring for more than 40 dogs rescued from a fighting ring in Lansing, summer 2017.

News 10's Alani Letang has been leading the way on this story.

The report from MDARD was sent to Ingham County officials August 21, 2018.
The investigation found the shelter violated the pet shops, dog pounds, and animal shelters act-- three times.

The first violation is for not properly registering an auxiliary building where it housed fighting dogs.

The second is for failing to clean dog enclosures. And the third is for not having enough employees to handle the influx of animals.

Separate investigations from the Michigan Humane Society and the Ingham County Controller's Office found that some of the dogs seized in the fighting ring were neglected or received poor care.

They also found problems with the shelter's leadership and overall dysfunction.

Those investigations ultimately led the county to fire director John Dinon Termination of ICACS Director and County Controller's report.

As for the state investigation, MDARD can impose a fine of up to $1,000 for each violation.

The county will be able to dispute the report at a hearing Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at 10 A.M at the MDARD/AID Lansing Office of 525 W. Allegan St, Lansing, MI 48909.

Their investigation started
State Investigation
after the shelter was investigated by the Michigan Humane Society.

MDARD Report