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Posted on Sat, Aug 31, 2013 : 6 p.m.

Humane Society rescues 3 dogs, including puppy, from garage

By Lisa Carolin

Three dogs, including a puppy, are recovering after someone abandoned them in a garage in Ypsilanti Township, the Humane Society of Huron Valley said.

A pit bull puppy, an adult pit bull, and an adult terrier mix were discovered on Thursday when an employee from the local water department was called to turn off the water because no one was living in the home.

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Humane Society cruelty investigator Matt Schaecher holds the abandoned puppy that was rescued from a garage this week.

Humane Society of Huron Valley photo

The humane society was contacted and found that the three dogs were all emaciated and dehydrated and were living in unsanitary conditions.

"All three dogs were surrendered to the Humane Society," said Matt Schaecher, cruelty investigator. "They are feeling much better now that they've been given food, water and medical care."

Schaecher said that the Humane Society will be submitting a report to the Washtenaw County prosecutor's office seeking charges of animal cruelty.

Schaecher said anyone who is having difficulty caring for an animal can call the humane society for assistance.

"The Humane Society does everything we possibly can for animals to be able to stay in their homes," Schaecher said. "We have programs to help people take care of animals and offer supplemental food."

Once the rescued dogs are in good health, they will be available for adoption, Schaecher said.

For more information on the Humane Society's Cruelty Rescue program, visit the agency's website.



Wed, Sep 4, 2013 : 2:02 p.m.

Thank you Matt, for rescuing these babies!


Mon, Sep 2, 2013 : 10:27 p.m.

Where in Ypsi Twp did this happen?


Sun, Sep 1, 2013 : 11:33 p.m.

We would be willing to foster the terrier. Spoiled rotten is our other two dogs. A possible adoption here. Wow, who would do such a thing to three dogs who all they wanted was to be loved not tossed out like trash. I really hope you folks find the culprit and throw away the key.


Sun, Sep 1, 2013 : 11:41 a.m.

I cannot say enough about the great things that the HSHV does. Thank you for all you do!


Sun, Sep 1, 2013 : 1:42 a.m.

Matt Schaecher, the HSHV cruelty investigator, is awesome!!


Sun, Sep 1, 2013 : 1:07 a.m.

Thats what i said, but I guess it wasn't worded PC enough to stay up. Anyone who would mistreat helpless animals like that should be locked away from decent society. I hope (but sadly doubt) that the former homeowners will be severely punished.

greg s

Sun, Sep 1, 2013 : 12:07 a.m.

Another case of someone needs to do along stretch in prison. No excuse what so ever for doing this to animals. NONE

shadow wilson

Sun, Sep 1, 2013 : 12:22 a.m.

I agree.Until the courts i.e. judges treat this type of atrocity for what it is nothing will change.

Ann English

Sun, Sep 1, 2013 : 12:05 a.m.

Does the Humane Society offer classes, or at least instructions, to would-be pit bull owners? I've heard that it isn't their genes, but how they're trained/not trained by their owners, that results in people getting mauled by pit bulls.


Sun, Sep 1, 2013 : 1:49 a.m.

Yes, there are dog training classes offered at HSHV. However, ANY dog can have behavior issues, whether a chihuahua or a golden retriever, if not properly socialized and cared for. All dogs at HSHV that are available for adoption pass temperament tests. There's NO EXCUSE for animal cruelty. Ever.

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Sat, Aug 31, 2013 : 10:44 p.m.

two pit bulls in the township? thought there was an ordinance about this...?


Wed, Sep 4, 2013 : 1:59 p.m.

are you saying they should have been left to die?