ALLEGAN, MI (WHTC/WKZO) - Officials of the Allegan County Animal Shelter held a meet-and-greet session last night for around 80 prospective owners of dogs seized in a raid of an unkempt puppy mill earlier this month. More than 13 hundred had applied when the story of the un-groomed, filthy conditions came to light following a police raid of the Cheshire Township residence where nearly 400 dogs were kept. Office Administrator Julie Kowal and others whittled down that list prior to holding this “job interview” for adoptees. Shelters statewide are assisting Allegan County in relocating the pets, all of which are expected to survive the ordeal. The owners of the house, George and Cheri Burke, go before the Allegan District Court today in a preliminary hearing on animal cruelty charges.
Watch footage from the event above and an interview from Allegan County Animal Shelter's office adminstrator Julie Kowal.