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Man pleads guilty to large-scale dog breeding operation in Northern Michigan

EAST BAY TOWNSHIP, MI – The owner of a destroyed property in East Bay Township has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the case of approximately 165 poorly cared for dogs found, many of them dead, in and around his residence , WPBN/WGTU reports.

Raymond Feagles, 72, of East Bay Township, was initially charged with animal abuse and neglect and pleaded not guilty. He pleaded guilty Thursday, April 14, to one count of failing to provide adequate care for 25 or more animals, which is a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison, according to the report.

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Sentencing of Feagles is scheduled for June 3 in the 86th District Court, according to the report.

The dogs were discovered in “unsafe conditions” inside and outside Feagles’ home on January 28 when county and township officials were conducting a court-sanctioned burn cleanup. Around 165 dogs were seized from the property that day – 32 were dead and five were later euthanized. Feagles then relinquished ownership of the dogs. This allowed the humane societies and animal shelters that cared for the dogs to make them available for adoption. The situation has been described as a “large-scale breeding operation”.

When the dogs arrived at the Cherryland Humane Society they were “cold, hurt, terrified, covered in feces and fleas,” the Humane Society said. They were dehydrated and had overgrown fingernails. Some had skin problems, while others suffered from dental disease and other health problems.

The Humane Society continues to post updates when the dogs in this case, dubbed the “Disney Dogs,” are adopted.

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