Woman with 37 dogs in horrid conditions to serve 90 days in jail

Posted at 4:16 PM, Apr 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-23 16:36:27-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–A woman who kept 37 dogs in filthy conditions in her home in Grand Rapids has been ordered to serve 90 days in jail.

Kent County prosecutors tell FOX 17 that Kimberly Savino was convicted Thursday of violating a condition of her probation because she did not establish a place of residence in order to do her required 400 hours of community service.

As a result, the judge ordered her to spend three months behind bars in the Kent County Jail.

Savino’s lawyer argued that she was allowed to travel between her parents’ home in Massachusetts and here in Michigan, and report to her probation officer after each trip.

She had requested that her her probation be transferred to Massachusetts, but when that request was rejected, she refused to set up residency in Michigan. That’s where she got into trouble, according to court testimony.

Animal Control officers removed the 37 dogs from Savino’s home last June. FOX 17’s cameras were there at that time.

Officers described the conditions in the home as filthy and disgusting. Many of the animals have since been adopted.

The only good news for Savino is that the restitution she is expected to pay to the Kent County Animal Shelter was cut from $100,000 to just under $40,000.