PAW PAW TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - A 33-year-old woman has been charged after her two dogs were found emaciated and chained up outside an apparent vacant home.
Brandi Espinosa surrendered to Paw Paw District Court and was arraigned Thursday on one count of cruelty to animals and two counts of dog not licensed. She pleaded not guilty and was released from custody on her own recognizance.
Van Buren County sheriff's deputies were dispatched at 4 p.m. Wednesday to check the status of the animals in the 41000 block of Paw Paw Road in Paw Paw Township. The caller told police the two mixed breed, part pit bull dogs (neither dog licensed or vaccinated) looked to be in poor health.
The dogs' chains were caught around tree stumps, preventing the dogs from moving more than a few inches in each direction, according to a news release.
There was no water available for the dogs to drink and only a small amount of dry food in a bowl nearby.
The Van Buren County Animal Control seized the dogs.
Authorities contacted Espinosa who was upset about her dogs being taken from her, stating she believed she was caring for the dogs just fine, police said.
She said she does not live at this home but gives the dogs food and water daily.
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