Man arrested, charged with animal abuse in Manistee County

William Dolsen, 62, is charged with abandoning/cruelty to 10 or more animals.

MANISTEE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A Kaleva man is in jail after deputies seized nearly 100 malnourished animals from his small property.

The Manistee County Sheriff's deputies received a complaint of animal neglect at the Maple Grove Township home January 5, 2018.

Deputies went to the property and found dozens of animals, including cows, pigs, goats, ponies, ducks, geese, chickens and turkeys, without food, water and bedding.

Investigators say they were unable to count the number of deceased animals on the man's property.

Manistee County Undersheriff Ken Falk says most of the animals have been taken away due to improper sheltering for livestock, failure to feed and water livestock, improper burial of livestock and failure to provide veterinary care.

William Dolsen, 62, was arrested Thursday and charged with abandoning/cruelty to 10 or more animals.

“If you see animals that aren’t being taken care of, contact your local law enforcement so our officers can go and check them out," Undersheriff Falk said. "If you have animals and you feel you’re in over your head, get ahold of our animal control officer he has resources, he has other locations where he can take those animals, prior to us doing an investigation.”

The man's name is being withheld pending arraignment. He is currently in the Manistee County Jail on a $40,000 bond.

Residents in Kaleva were enraged when they heard about the neglect happening right in their backyard.

“It’s just depressing too because it’s so close to where we are that it’s just nuts and nobody really even knew that it was going on and it’s sad," said Kaleva resident, Angella Porter.

“It upsets me that someone would do that to animals because they can’t help themselves they depend on people to help them and for someone to do that to that amount of animals on that large amount of scale, that’s just horrifying," Rebecca Adams who lives in Manistee County said.

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