MIO (WWJ/AP) – Four family members have pleaded guilty to charges after officials say more than 50 dogs were seized from a home in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula during an animal cruelty investigation.
Bradford Quick, Pennie Quick, Noralea Quick and Danielle Quick pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of cruelty or abandonment of 10 or more animals, according to the Grand Rapids Press. Four more cruelty or abandonment charges will be dismissed at sentencing March 21.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says the dogs were removed in December from the home in the Oscoda County community of Mio. The ASPCA says it’s believed a puppy mill was being operated out of the home.
The dogs were found “living in small wire cages stacked in a crowded, filthy basement and in ramshackle outdoor pens.” Most of the dogs allegedly had no access to food or water and were “unsocialized” — meaning they clearly had not been handled much by humans.
The animals are being sheltered by the ASPCA until they are ready for adoption.
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