Man charged in large-scale dog breeding operation on devastated northern Michigan property

EAST BAY TOWNSHIP, MI — A 72-year-old man is charged with animal abuse and neglect after authorities seized about 165 dogs from his Traverse City-area property, reports the Associated Press.

Raymond Feagles of East Bay Township pleaded not guilty Tuesday in the 86th District Court, according to the report. He is due back in court on February 22 for a preliminary hearing.

The dogs were discovered in “unsafe conditions” inside and outside Feagles’ home on Friday, Jan. 28, when county and township officials were conducting a court-sanctioned burn cleanup. Dogs have been found in kennels in vehicles, RVs and trailers. At least one dog has been found dead.

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The dogs are now in the care of Grand Traverse County Animal Control and Cherryland Humane Society. The Humane Society has identified the situation as a “large-scale breeding operation”.

With the case still unsolved, it’s unclear how long the dogs will remain in the custody of local agencies, but it could be “long,” the Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Office said.

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Over $24,000 has already been donated to Cherryland to help care for the dogs. Monetary donations can be made here. Find the Humane Society’s Amazon Wish List here. They also ask for Rubbermaid trash cans with lids, mop buckets, mops, mop heads, and disinfectant wipes; donations of supplies can be dropped off at the Humane Society, 1750 Ahlberg Road in Traverse City; Grand Traverse County Animal Control, 2650 LaFranier Road in Traverse City; East Bay Township Hall, 1965 N. Three Mile Road; Kalkaska Animal Control, 605 N. Birch St. in Kalkaska; and Huntington Bank, 201 State St. in Charlevoix.

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