Five more fighting dogs may be euthanized Friday, Ingham County Controller Tim Dolehanty told the County Commission’s Democratic caucus on Tuesday. Unless the dogs, which were involved in the recent dogfighting investigation, can be placed into rehabilitation, Ingham County animal control will be forced to euthanize them, he said.
The Ingham County Animal Shelter, like many of the animals inside it, is looking for a new home. “The building has basically exceeded its capacity and its useful life,” said Andrew Seltz, director of the animal shelter. “As we’ve gone and progressed as an organization. The building unfortunately hasn’t.”
The animals suffer the most from the old, dilapidated building. Lack of airflow often leads to illnesses circulating among the animals.
Imagine walking into a Lowe’s looking for supplies and coming out with a furry friend. It happens quite often at mobile adoption events put on by the Ingham County Animal Shelter. “I have a saying when it comes to those kind of events,” said Larry Hagedorn, a volunteer with the animal shelter, “Yeah, I need a bunch of nails and I’ll take a puppy too.”
The animal shelter puts on mobile adoption events all over the greater Lansing area, mostly at pet stores but occasionally at other businesses. The shelter brings about four or five foster dogs and about eight or 10 foster cats and have trained volunteers ready to answer any questions. This provides an alternative for people who feel uneasy about going to the actual shelter.
By Matthew Pizzo
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer
The Ingham County Fairgrounds and Animal Control & Shelter hosted the first Doggy Days event for dog lovers of all ages, September 20 and 21. Doggy Days offered a variety of events such as dog grooming, training, agility demonstrations and even a superhero dog costume contest. The event was headlined by the internationally toured Extreme Canine Stunt Dog Show, these high-flying dogs performed for audiences both Friday and Saturday. Suhey Velez, co-host and trainer of the Extreme Canines Stunt Dog Show, said the show gives dogs they adopt from shelters across the United States another chance at life. Ultimately, the event aimed to get dogs from the shelter adopted by animal lovers.