Maple Ridge Township

ESCANABA, MI--   A Delta County woman has been arraigned for running an alleged puppy mill in Maple Ridge Township.

Rebecca Johnson of Rock is charged with felony abandonment/animal cruelty, 25 or more animals and misdemeanor running an unregistered animal shelter. The first charge is punishable by up to seven years in prison. She faces up to 90 days in jail for the second charge.

MAPLE RIDGE TOWNSHIP, MI--   The Delta County Prosecutor’s Office says it will consider charges against the owners of a puppy mill once the investigation is complete. 

On Monday Michigan State Police were dispatched to a residence in Maple Ridge Township on a report of a horse in the roadway. Troopers discovered a puppy mill on the property and seized 134 dogs. Another search warrant executed at the site resulted in the seizure of 20 horses.

All the animals were placed in the care of the Delta Animal Shelter.

ESCANABA, MI--   The Delta Animal Shelter is overwhelmed, following the discovery of a puppy mill in Maple Ridge Township.

On Monday Michigan State Police from the Gladstone Post found 134 dogs at a residence—65 adults and 69 puppies. The shelter took in the dogs. Some appeared malnourished and ill.

Shelter officials say they’re unable to keep up with Facebook messages from concerned residents. Staff is focusing on providing medical care for the animals. They say the dogs and pups will be fine, but for the time being they’re scared.

MAPLE RIDGE TOWNSHIP, MI--   More than 130 dogs have been seized from a puppy mill in Delta County.

Troopers from the Gladstone Post were sent Monday to Maple Ridge Township to check for a horse in the roadway. They found a residence containing 65 adult dogs and 69 puppies. Many of the dogs were pregnant or recently had a litter.

Some of the dogs were suspected to be malnourished and appeared to be in poor health. The Delta County Animal Shelter is housing them. The animals will be evaluated by a veterinarian.