NEWAYGO, Mich. — Animal cruelty charges were filed against two people from Newaygo County after more than 50 cats were seized from their home, most of them malnourished and in poor condition.
Even more disturbing, though: more than a dozen kittens and a fawn were found in a freezer at the home on Bingham Avenue in Bitely.
Through a search warrant, Newaygo County Animal Control deputies also seized one dog, two rabbits, and a baby skunk during the raid. Investigators believe the two people living there may have been practicing veterinary services without a license.
All the animals were taken to the Newaygo County Animal Shelter, where they are being evaluated by a veterinarian.
Madalyn Wroblewski, who owns the local grocery store, says it’s disturbing to know this happened in her town.
“I don’t want things like this happening here because it gives us a bad reputation. I was just disgusted that there are people out there who do that kind of thing,” she said.
One suspect is still in jail, and officials say he is facing animal abandonment and cruelty, unauthorized health profession practice, and several other charges.
The second suspect has been released on bond. Both will be arraigned July 18.