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Posted on Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 5 p.m.

Donor matching monetary gifts to Humane Society of Huron Valley in honor of dog adopted after cruelty investigation

By Amy Biolchini

For this week only, an anonymous donor will match all monetary gifts to the Humane Society of Huron Valley's Cruelty and Rescue Department in honor of a dog recently adopted after a lengthy animal cruelty investigation.


Maverick, a 2-year-old Alaskan Husky, was adopted Friday from the Humane Society of Huron Valley after he was confiscated from his owner in an animal cruelty case.

Courtesy of HSHV

The donor will match gifts dollar-for-dollar up to the total of $10,000, according to the Humane Society. All of the funds raised will go directly to the non-profit organization’s cruelty investigation team.

“We are deeply grateful for the generous gifts that pay for nearly 500 animal cruelty investigations and literally thousands of emergency rescue service calls for sick, injured, abandoned pets and wildlife each year,” Tanya Hilgendorf, executive director of the Humane Society, said in a statement.

“There is absolutely no way we could do this work without the generous big-hearted animal lovers in this community who want to see vulnerable animals protected.”

During 2012, about $1.5 million of the $4.7 million in revenue HSHV brought in was from contributions made by individuals and businesses, according to the organization's annual report.

Maverick, a 2-year-old Alaskan Husky confiscated from an Ypsilanti Township woman found guilty of animal cruelty this month, was adopted Friday.

The Humane Society’s cruelty investigators said the dog’s owner tied Maverick’s mouth shut with twine.

When Maverick came in to the care of the Humane Society in August, he was severely underweight, dehydrated and had a large, deep wound on his side that investigators said may have come from a burn.

During the months that the case progressed against the dog’s owner, Maverick’s wounds healed and he grew to a healthy weight.

His owner, Crystal Smith of Ypsilanti Township, was found guilty of animal cruelty March 21 in Judge Charles Pope’s courtroom in the 14B District Court in Ypsilanti. She will be sentenced May 2.

Donations should be made online through the Humane Society’s secure website.

Select “Cruelty and Rescue Dept.” under the drop-down menu in the “Donation Designation” field.

Donations also can be mailed to the Humane Society of Huron Valley at 3100 Cherry Hill Road, Ann Arbor 48105. Include a note to designate the donation: Cruelty/Rescue, Maverick or Match Challenge.

A list of all adoptable animals at the Humane Society also is available online.

Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for Reach her at (734) 623-2552, or on Twitter.



Thu, Apr 4, 2013 : 8:03 p.m.



Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 12:29 p.m.

Such actions and donations give us hope that there are more decent & kind people in this area than there are abusers. My check is in the mail.


Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 2:52 p.m.

Mine, too.

J. Sorensen

Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 10:29 a.m.

Very cool! A good incentive to pull out my checkbook, even if I can't give a lot, every little bit adds up!

buvda fray

Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 12:28 a.m.

I donated when I could hardly afford it but appreciated what they did. Now I could donate much much more but would not even consider supporting the irresponsible distribution of pit bulls in our community.


Thu, Apr 4, 2013 : 8:02 p.m.

Keep your money. Even though you can't take it with you.


Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 5:04 a.m.

"Irresponsible distribution of pit bulls" in our community---what the heck does that mean? Irresponsible people are over breeding these dogs---and through no fault of their own they are left to fend for themselves, find shelter, fear those who want to beat them and fight them--- and rather than be angry at those people you are going to take it out on those puppies by not donating to help those helpless creatures? Really feel sad that you believe you are making a point---rather you are only hurting the innocent animals----even though you brag about your sufficient income. I have very little money to spare but I will do what I can to support what the HSHV is doing to help all the lost and abandoned and abused animals in our community.

James Socrates

Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 1:37 a.m.

I dont understand? Do you mean irresponsible owners? Dogs CANNOT be blamed for acting like dogs. Dogs have to be worked just like children have to be worked with to moderate their behavior so they understand what is acceptable and not acceptable. If you dont have time to spend training and being active with your dog, dont get a dog. I have a 2.5 year old female pitbull and she is by far the most intelligent animal I have ever had. Its not the dogs who are stupid, its the owners.

J. A. Pieper

Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 11:38 p.m.

I will certainly be heading out there to make a donation, I love what the HSHV accomplishes within our community! Many thanks to the special person who is matching donations this week!

Jaime Magiera

Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 11:19 p.m.

That is really cool. High five to the anonymous matching donor.


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 10:59 p.m.

Hey that sweet puppy has Max Scherzer eyes! :-)


Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 2:21 a.m.

And just as handsome!:)


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 10:49 p.m.

What a beautiful dog.

Little Patience

Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 10:45 p.m.

How very kind & generous! <3