Puppy mill rescue: 100 dogs living in deplorable conditions in Howell saved by Humane Society

(WXYZ) - 100 dogs and puppies living in deplorable conditions have been rescued from a puppy mill in Livingston County that is one of the worst officials have seen.

The Humane Society of the United States provided 7 Action News with ten different photos of dogs.  The faces you see in the pictures are just some of the 100 dogs rescued from a puppy mill in Howell.

When you look at one of the pictures, there are so many dogs in the cage they are stepping over one another to look out.  One picture shows the hair one a dog so long you can’t see the animal’s eyes.

The conditions were so poor at this facility in Howell that a lot of the dogs were suffering from untreated medical problems like dental and eye problems. 

The Humane Society of the United States found out about the dogs from Livingston County Animal Control.  Many of the dogs were large-breeds, puppies and poodle mixes being sold online.  A lot of the animals were forced to breed over and over again. 

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department served the warrant on the property to allow rescues to get the animals.

Right now there are no regulations for large-scale dog facilities in our state.  However, a bill going through the state legislature right now would require facilities with 15 or more breeding female dogs to be registered and licensed within Michigan.

The places would also have to have a standard form of care.  The Humane Society of the United States said the bill does not target small, responsible breeders, but ones that take on much more than they can handle and then run into serious problems.

"We don't want Michigan to become a place that's attractive for these large scale puppy mill type facilities to want to move here because we don't have any regulations,” said Jill Fritz, the Michigan Senior State Director for the Humane Society of the United States. 

The bill going through the legislature right now is called HB 560.

“And as states like Indiana and Wisconsin and Ohio start to crack down on these type of facilities, we don't want Michigan to be somewhere where they are looking to move to," said Fritz.

The owners were charged with animal cruelty. Rescuers also found multiple cats and kittens at the location. All of the animals were taken to a temporary shelter where they will be looked over and treated.


Print this article Back to Top