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Trend: Animals Rescued From Abandoned Homes

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There's a growing trend in Ingham County, more animals are living without care in vacant homes.

Animal Control officials are asking for your help.

"Sometimes the owners claim that they're coming back and feeding them. Of course sometimes the evidence shows it's otherwise. Sometimes they didn't know the animal was left in there, we've got actual squatters that will put animals in there. We've got dog fighters that are hiding dogs out at some of these red tagged homes," said Jamie McAloon Lampman, Ingham County Animal Control.

Recently, animal control officers removed several animals from a tagged home in Lansing. They say they were living in deplorable conditions without food or water.

"Sometimes they are extremely filthy. You know the animals are living in their own waste. So the urine smell, the air is rank, there's feces everywhere. Often there's debris and garbage strewn all over the place. Animals are drinking out of the toilet bowls if there's anything left in the toilet bowls to drink," said McAloon Lampman. 

In Ingham County Animal Control officers say they're responding to about a call a day of animals left in vacant homes, and more and more of them are tagged unsafe.

"I think the economy is playing a role in it for sure. I really do," said McAloon Lampman.

Some dogs are left to starve, others are born in extreme heat and filth. They're victims without a voice, left to fend for themselves. 

If you believe animals are living in a vacant home near you call your county's animal control office. Those responsible can face criminal charges.

Animal Control says once the animals are rescued and medically fit most can be adopted out.

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