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Three Dogs Looking For New Home; Fresh Start

Prosecutors say they were neglected and victims of animal abuse.

Three afghan hounds are now available for adoption through the Capital Area Humane Society.

As Nick Perreault explains, it's good news for three animals who have seen much harder times and much harder conditions.

According to a freedom of information act filed with the Eaton County Prosecutors Office, they say the incidence date back to October 11th 2012.

In the report, a utility worker said she had come to the Benson Animal Clinic to shut off the power for failure of payment and what she found inside was described in the report as animals in very poor condition.

The report describes an unbelievable scene, three dogs inside Dr. Kathleen Williams clinic covered in trash and even their own waste.

The worker called Eaton County Animal Control and eventually the prosecutors office ordered a search warrant and rescued the dogs.

"Covered in fleas, feces, matted, their hair matted they hadn't been matted in years, Capital Area Humane Society President Julia Palmer said.

Julia Palmer is the president of capital area humane society and says when the dogs arrived at her shelter they were thin and simply neglected.

But after three months of care at the humane society, they're healthy and recovering.

"They've gained an average of about 10 pounds each and for a dog that's about to gain 50 pounds that's a significant weight gain," Palmer said.

The Eaton County prosecutor's office said Dr. Williams could have faced a felony up to two years in prison, for neglect and animal abuse, but she plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge three weeks ago.

"It was a fair and reasonable settlement," said Dr. Williams Attorney Larry Salstrom.

A settlement that Dr. Williams attorney Larry Salstrom says came attached with a year of probation, a mental evaluation and the condition that Williams wouldn't be allowed to own any of those dogs as a pet again.

"It's heartbreaking for the staff to imagine how long they might have lived that way," Palmer said.

Heart breaking to imagine, but heart-warming to know these dogs will now go to an owner that can give them the love and care they deserve.

Dr. Williams is scheduled to appear in Eaton County district court March 22nd.

Four other dogs involved in yet another animal abuse case in Clinton County are also up for adoption.

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For more information you can contact the Capital Area Humane Society at (517) 626-6060

 

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