MI: Investigation into Buena Vista Township pit bull seizure continues


Investigation into Buena Vista Township pit bull seizure continues
Published: Thursday, October 14, 2010, 3:27 PM Updated: Thursday, October 14, 2010, 3:44 PM

BUENA VISTA TWP. — Buena Vista Township police confiscated 14 pit bulls from a residence in Buena Vista Township about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

A community police officer and housing inspector observed some of the dogs chained in the backyard of a home and police obtained a search warrant.

Tipped onto their sides, multiple blue plastic barrels scattered throughout the property acted as makeshift dog houses, Booker said, and chains were attached to the canines’ necks.

There was no food or water and it didn’t appear the residence was occupied, Booker said.

The dogs are in custody of the Saginaw County Animal Care Center and Booker said the investigation is ongoing.

He said the owner appears to be in violation of the township’s vicious-dog ordinance, which requires pit bull owners register their dogs with the township, keep their animals muzzled and in an enclosed area, provide two photos of the animal and purchase liability insurance.

Penalties for violating the ordinance can range between $200 and $500 and up to 90 days in jail per charge, Booker said.

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