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Multiple groups investigate Ingham County Animal Shelter


Two groups are currently investigating how Ingham County Animal Control handled several dogs, that were brought in following a dog fighting ring bust last summer. 

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. 

Reasons the report gave for delays included incomplete medical records, inadequate staff to handle large scale impounds and a lack of oversight on the part of upper management at the shelter. 

State Veterinarian Dr. James Averill, with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, says the findings prompted the department to do their own investigation. 

“The purpose of the investigation is to assess the situation surrounding complaints of animal cruelty and animal welfare for animals at the shelter,” Dr. Averill said. 

The department is now checking to see if the shelter broke any part of the Michigan Pet Shop and Animal Shelter law. Dr. Averill says the law includes the following things: 

“Making sure that the animals are being properly cared for, food, water, that they’re in a safe environment, that appropriate records are being kept to making sure they have adequate animal care,” he said. 

The Ingham County Controller is also checking to see if any rules were broken. 

In a statement last week, Ingham County Controller Timothy Dolehanty said: 

“Officials have conducted employee interview and continue to review scores of photographs, email messages, necropsy reports, staff notes and medical records in order to better understand decisions associated with the care and treatment of these dogs.” 

The statement added that the county would not be commenting on the investigation until it is complete. 

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, 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 will be open to the public. 

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