Charges filed against 2 men for animal cruelty following more than 50 dogs found abused in Sterling Heights

Posted at 5:08 PM, Feb 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-21 18:16:31-05

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (WXYZ) — An alarming case of animal neglect and cruelty is how the Macomb County Prosecutor describes the recent discovery of more than 50 dogs in horrible condition. He’s now filing felony charges against two men for animal abuse.

“These images are highly disturbing and show the dogs emaciated, with open wounds and totally dehydrated," said Eric Smith. "They were all living in filth."

In addition to living in deplorable conditions inside the suspects home, a tip led to the discovery in mid-February inside a U-haul truck in Sterling Heights.

Since they were found near 16 Mile Road and Schoenherr, the dogs have continued to receive special care. Sadly, one dog had to be euthanized. Smith says he is speaking out also to urge anyone who may know of other animal abuse cases, to come forward so that no animal has to suffer.

His staff has also collected a large amount of dog food, towels, blankets and cleaning products to help with their care. Both men are expected to be arrested soon, and arraigned in the next couple days.