The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a man who faces three counts of animal abuse.
During his weekly briefing on Wednesday, Jan. 6, Sheriff Chris Swanson said on Dec. 30, 2020, they received an anonymous tip about dogs being neglected at a home in Genesee County.
In this house, deputies found three dogs in different stages of neglect.
The first dog, found in a room with feces, was dead. Swanson said when they had the dog examined, the veterinarian said the dog hadn’t eaten in 30 days and starved to death. There was no food in its stomach and no feces in its colon.
The second dog was malnourished and weighed 20 pounds less than it should. Both of these dogs were about 1-2 years old and potentially from the same litter. This dog, named Maddie, was about 42 pounds when she should have been between 55 to 60 pounds.
The third dog, which was around 2-3 years of age, was in an “okay” condition, Swanson said. Maddie and this dog will be able to be rehabilitated and adopted when ready. The dogs didn’t have any water, and food was placed in an unreachable location for the animals.
“It was a disaster. That’s just pure neglect,” he said.
The suspect faces two counts of killing and torturing an animal, and one count of animal cruelty. This man is not yet in custody.
“If you see or have an animal that is neglected or abused, do not give one more minute away from going after help. Don’t wait,” he said.
Call Genesee County Animal Control, 911, or any animal rescue organization.
“All these dogs have a right to be treated with humane service,” he said. “The key is do not neglect an animal. Do not abuse an animal.”