EAST BAY TOWNSHIP, MI – A man accused of running a large-scale ranching operation on his devastated property has been sentenced to 6 months in prison and five years probation after reaching a plea deal, reports WPBN/ WGTU.
About 165 poorly groomed dogs were seized in January, including 32 dead, from the residence of 72-year-old Raymond Feagles in East Bay Township. Five of the dogs had to be euthanized.
In April, Feagles pleaded guilty to failing to provide adequate care to 25 or more animals. The crime is punishable by up to seven years in prison. He was sentenced to six months in prison and five years probation by the 86th District Court on Friday, June 3, according to the report.
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During the probationary period, Feagles will not be allowed to own an animal of any kind, according to the report. He is also required to undergo a mental evaluation and therapy sessions.
Feagles was initially charged with animal abuse and neglect and pleaded not guilty. He then pleaded guilty to the lesser charge.
The dogs were discovered in “unsafe conditions” inside and outside Feagles’ home on January 28 when county and township officials were conducting a court-sanctioned burn cleanup. Around 165 dogs were seized from the property that day – 32 were dead and five were later euthanized.
Feagles then relinquished ownership of the dogs. This allowed Michigan humane societies and animal shelters that cared for the dogs to make them available for adoption. The situation has been described as a “large-scale breeding operation”.
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When the dogs arrived at the Cherryland Humane Society they were “cold, hurt, terrified, covered in feces and fleas,” the Humane Society said. They were dehydrated and had overgrown fingernails. Some had skin problems, while others suffered from dental disease and other health problems.
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