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Animal control removes 40 dogs, cats from Utica home

By: Sarah Wojcik | Shelby - Utica News | Published April 1, 2016

UTICA — For about three hours Thursday, Macomb County Animal Control (MCAC), assisted by the Utica Police Department, removed a large number of dogs and cats from a Utica home on Nancy Avenue.

Brian Pylar, lead kennel attendant for MCAC, said he did not know the exact number, but estimated that approximately 40 animals were removed from the home. The incident, he said, is still under investigation.

Pylar said he was not sure if all of the animals removed from the home were lodged at the MCAC in Clinton Township. In an April 1 interview, he said a veterinarian looked at the animals that morning and that every measure would be taken to ensure they receive proper care.

“I’m still not really sure what’s going to happen with these animals, as far as adoption,” he said.

He said had not heard word about the animals’ physical condition.

Rick Klee, one of the homeowners, said they planned to retain an attorney and would fight the issue in court.

Klee said animal control removed all of the animals from the home. He declined to comment on the number of cats and dogs until he spoke with his lawyer, but that the actual number was at odds with the number in published reports.

“We are animal lovers. Big-time animal lovers,” Klee said.

Each of the animals, he said, was loved and cared for by the homeowners and that they acted as therapy animals.

One of the dogs recently underwent a $5,000 surgery, he said. He added that he was concerned some of their pets would not receive the medicine they needed while in custody of animal control.

Utica Police Deputy Chief Sean Coady said he could not comment on the case until he was given clearance and was more confident of the status of the investigation. Coady said the Police Department never had any notable issues with the homeowners in the past.