Couple with hundreds of dogs gets jail time

A judge has sentenced a southwestern Michigan couple found with hundreds of dogs at their home to 60 days in jail and barred them for owning animals during two years of probation.
AP Wire
May 17, 2012


Cheri and George Burke received the punishment Thursday. They earlier pleaded guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty charges in Allegan County District Court.

Records say they also must comply with recommendations from mental health officials and pay $500 each.

They originally were charged with felonies. Authorities said the dogs were being bred.

At least 380 dogs were seized April 9 and people from around the state pitched in to help care for the animals. The dogs were taken from the home in Cheshire Township, about 40 miles south-southwest of Grand Rapids.


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