More than 200 animals removed from Michigan property

Posted at 4:53 AM, Jan 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-06 04:53:05-05

ROME TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say they’ve removed more than 200 animals from a property in southern Michigan that were being kept in poor conditions.

The Lenawee County sheriff’s department says 53-year-old Sharon Kay Evans owns the Rome Township property about 60 miles (97 kilometers) southwest of Detroit. She turned herself in and was arraigned Thursday on charges of animal abandonment or cruelty.

A not guilty plea was entered and Evans was released. The court said she’ll get a public defender, but one hadn’t been appointed as of Friday morning.

Authorities received a tip last month that dogs were being sold as puppies with false documentation and were being kept in poor conditions. The sheriff’s office says more than 200 dogs, 32 horses, five cats and two peacocks were removed this week.