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UPDATE: 18 horses and 134 dogs rescued from a puppy mill in Michigan


DELTA COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS) – UPDATE (9:41 p.m.): Troopers returned to the residence in the evening and seized 11 miniature horses and seven horses, according to the Michigan State Police.

Several of the miniature mares are pregnant. All of the horses were transported to a local boarding facility and will be evaluated by a veterinarian.

The troopers were assisted by several volunteers from the Delta County Animal Shelter.

Troopers from the Gladstone post continue their investigation of animal neglect.

UPDATE (6:30 p.m.): At the Delta County Animal Shelter Tuesday, volunteers and staff just finished giving the dogs their initial care.

Tuesday night groomers started the task of bathing and shaving the dogs.

Once the dogs have received their full medical care and are cleared, they will then go into foster homes before being available for adoption.

Susan Gartland with the Delta County Animal Shelter estimates the cost of care per each animal at about $300 to 400, which could total tens of thousands of dollars, making the biggest need right now: monetary donations.

The Delta County Prosecutor has not filed official charges against anyone at this time.

ORIGINAL STORY: 134 dogs were rescued today from a puppy mill about 45 minutes south of Marquette.

Many of the dogs at the Delta County puppy mill have either recently given birth or are pregnant and expected to deliver within the week.

Susan Gartland with the Delta County Animal Shelter witnessed deplorable conditions when she and Michigan State Police seized the dogs on Monday. Gartland says none of the dogs had water, many of them had eye infections, wounds from fly bites, and were malnourished.

She says while it has been hard work the past 24 hours, it’s a good day because these dogs will never have to breed again.

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