UPDATE: Police Arrest 2 People in Manistee Animal Cruelty Case - Northern Michigan's News Leader

UPDATE: Police Arrest 2 People in Manistee Animal Cruelty Case

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A Manistee County judge formally charged two people in connection to an animal cruelty case.

Maxwell and Wanda Wiggins were arraigned on charges of abandoning and cruelty to 10 or more animals on Friday, which is a four year felony. The Wiggins' will return to court on April 2 for a preliminary exam.

The couple is accused of not providing sufficient care to about 50 dogs at their home in Marilla Township near Copemish.

The case stems from an anonymous tip made to animal control.

Many of the dogs rescued were initially taken to Homeward Bound Animal Shelter in Manistee, but several dozen have been relocated to nearby shelters. Most of the dogs are still recovering and getting healthy.

According to Homeward Bound Animal Shelter, most of the puppies have homes lined up, however many of the adult dogs do not. If you are interested in adopting go the shelter's Facebook page.


Or you can call Homeward Bound at (231) 723-7387.

The Manistee County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate an animal neglect case involving dozens of dogs.

Police say a copy of the complaint has been sent to the Manistee County Prosecutor for review.

At this time, Animal Control officers have taken all but 9 of the dogs from the Marilla Township home.

The 9 dogs left are all registered to a different owner and are in good health.

Animal Control says the suspects have signed over the seized dogs.

The dogs are currently receiving veterinary care and once they are healthy enough, they will be put up for adoption.

Adoption for the dogs will be handled by Homeward Bound Animal Shelter in Manistee.

For more information about adopting these animals you can call Homeward Bound at (231) 723-7387.


Manistee County Deputies are investigating a case of animal cruelty involving dozens of dogs.

Deputies got a tip that several animals were not being cared for at a home in Marilla Township.

When officers got to the home, they found between 40 and 50 dogs, many underweight and living in filthy conditions.

Police also say they found three dead dogs on the property.

The owners of the dogs, a man and woman from Copemish, say some of the dogs had whip worms and were being taken care of with help from her veterinarian.

25 of the dogs were taken from the home and put in shelters around Manistee County. More of the animals may be taken there at a later time.