This article comes from the Port Huron Times-Herald.
Fund for animals started
Second person may be charged in cruelty case
By MOLLY MONTAG
SANDUSKY – Officials at Sanilac County Animal Control have set up a fund to help pay for the care of starving animals seized Monday during a raid at a Buel Township farm.
Authorities have placed 45 living animals at area farms and buried 33 dead ones on the East Marlette Road farm.
Fred Jacklett Jr. was arrested in the case and then released Monday on bond.
Sheriff Lt. Jim Wagester said he has received phone calls from people across the state asking how they can help the animals. Tractor Supply in Sandusky donated several kinds of food for the animals, Wagester said.
Sonya Reynolds, manager at Tractor Supply, said the store donated all-purpose livestock feed, dog food, cat food, rabbit food and some nutritional supplements.
Animals seized from the farm included a horse, a steer, pigs, rabbits, dogs, an exotic bird, iguanas, ducks, chickens and geese.
“We thought it was the right thing to do to help them out and keep the animals alive,” Reynolds said.
Although the fund was established for the animals seized Monday, Wagester said future donations may be used to care for other neglected animals.
Police are continuing to investigate the Buel Township case and have not set an arraignment date for Jacklett, who owns the 3450 E. Marlette Road farm according to records in the county assessor’s office. Sources confirmed Jacklett is the 21-year-old man whom police arrested Monday.
He was released from the Sanilac County jail Monday after posting 10% of a $10,000 interim bond. Police also have not set an arraignment date for a 42-year-old woman living at the farm.
Wagester said the case should show people the importance of reporting cases of suspected animal abuse or neglect to local law-enforcement agencies.
Local humane societies, including the Blue Water Humane Society in Clyde Township, do not have enough funding to investigate suspected cruelty. Instead, the groups focus resources on rehabilitation.