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Ingham County Animal Control to face questions about treatment of fighting dogs

LANSING, MI (WLNS) - Ingham County Animal Control is expected to face questions tonight for how it handled several dogs brought in following a dog fighting ring bust last summer.

During the public meeting, county commissioners are expected to discuss a disturbing report detailing the way animal control cared for the dogs.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ingham County Controller launched their investigations in response to a recent report done by the Michigan Humane Society. 

That report, which was asked for by management at the shelter, found delays in treatment resulted in unnecessary suffering of some of the dogs. 

The Michigan Humane Society found that lack of oversight, training, and response to critical health issues contributed to the suffering and neglect of five dogs.

In August 2017, more than 50 dogs were seized in connection with a dog-fighting ring in Ingham and Eaton Counties after a series of police raids.

Ingham County Animal control took ownership of eleven dogs and of those, six were euthanized.

Animal Control officials said the dogs had to be held at the shelter for much longer than anticipated as the criminal cases worked their way through the justice system.

Because of this, two of the dogs seized in the fighting ring and a third dog, held as evidence in another case, contracted whipworms. This caused them to be emaciated. The dogs’ conditions led to allegations of neglect.

The report focuses on the three emaciated dogs and two other fighting dogs that were euthanized due to medical conditions.

Both the Ingham County Controller and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development are checking to see if any rules were broken. 

6 News reached out to Ingham County Animal Control Director John Dinon on Monday. Dinon said he isn't able to comment on either investigation at this time. 

However he previously told 6-News he takes responsibility for the issues raised.

Dinon went on to say that he has already begun working with staff to make changes “to address them and ensure we are taking appropriate care of the animals in our possession.”

Dinon is expected to speak at an Ingham County Board of Commissioners meeting on Thursday. 

That meeting will be at the Ingham County Human Services building in conference room A at 6 p.m., and we're told it will be open to the public. 

Several groups are planning to attend in protest. They want Dinon to resign or be terminated .


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