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Does everyone remember the Laura Springborn case from last spring? One of the headlines read “ Gregory Woman Charged With Animal Cruelty Turns Herself In”. Springborn opened Pet Paradise Plus store stocked with puppies in Stockbridge, Mi in 2010. It was soon surrounded by protesters and eventually raided by the Ingham County ACO in May 2010. An investigation led them to her home in Gregory (Livingston County). In her home, they found over twenty small breed dogs in unsanitary conditions. She soon faced felony charges.
Unsanitary conditions should have been written as “shockingly” unsanitary. I thought you all might want to see just went on behind the pet store’s displays.
To view all photos (185 total), click here.
Springborn was no stranger to local Animal Control. There were many complaints filed regarding her dogs housed in Gregory going back to 2006.
1. 13 dogs, Newf, St. Bernards, Great Pyren. And St. B puppies. No shade, skinny, not good living conditions.
2. No dog licenses.
3. Running at large, attacking neighbors dog.
4. Animal abuse: Shade, food and water?
5. Abuse. Too many dogs. Over 10. Breeding dogs, not caring for them. Hearing horrible yelps and crying from home.
On April 9, 2010, Animal Control removed a total of 24 dogs/puppies from her property. Inside the home they observed several dogs, garbage, and fecal matter covering the entire floor of every room in the home. There was smeared fecal matter throughout the home, some spots were several inches thick. The ammonia smell was overwhelming causing eyes to burn. No food or water was observed. What food was available was mixed with urine and stool. Springborn was informed for the sake of the dogs they could not stay and they would be removed immediately. Some dogs were locked in the back room which they came back later for. When they returned for them, the floors had been scraped from some fecal matter. When they opened the locked doors to the bedrooms, the dogs began running out into the living room and kitchen scavenging for food.
While the Livingston County ACO was rescuing the breeding dogs from Springborn's home, the Ingham County ACO was finishing up their lengthily report involving her pet store. They had numerous complaints over poor conditions of the facility and gravely ill puppies. Fourteen dogs were removed from the pet store, two had parvo and later died.
There was a Health Certificate for a female St. Bernard in July of 2009 from Dr. John Hermann. This mobile vet seems to work with all the shady pet stores. The address for Pet Paradise on the certificate showed 15525 Racho Road, Taylor Mi with a Jackson phone number [masked]). This is the Gibraltar Trade Center address in Taylor. It appears she moved from the Trade Center to Gregory.
At the Springborn home:
• None of the dogs were licensed.
• There was not a sufficient amount of food available to the dogs.
• There was not adequate water provided
• The interior of the home was caked with fecal matter and urine some areas contained several inches of accumulated stool.
• There were at least five space heaters on the floor in various rooms and the dogs were running into them. One had appeared to be burned on its rear quarters.
• Laura claimed two days ago she had bought two 8 week old Chihuahua puppies from Ohio. She could not find the health certificate required by law.
• Laura could not provide any proof of vet care for any of the 24 dogs in her home.
• Many of the dogs were coated with fecal matter.
• Many dogs had visible lesions and inflamed eyes.
• Some of the dogs observed being bred repeatedly.
• There were large amounts of mouse excrement observed in all r ooms.
• Many of the windows had been covered in spray paint.
• There were feces covered clothing and sheets scattered throughout the home.
The Livingston County prosecutor ensured that Springborn would not be allowed to have animals during her two year probation. The Ingham County prosecutor was able to get some jail time, community service and much needed counseling. She was sentence to 6 months probation on 7/26/11.
PET PARADISE PLUS.
111 W. MAIN ST.
STOCKBRIDGE, MI SPRINGBORN
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Woman in animal hoarding gets trial
A Gregory woman accused of hoarding animals waived a preliminary exam Wednesday, sending her case to Circuit Court for trial. Laura June Springborn, 38, is charged with cruelty to 10 or more animals. Livingston County Animal Control officers found 24 dogs mostly small-breed dogs, including Chihuahuas, Maltese and miniature pinschers in the woman’s home, which officials said was “unsanitary.” The discovery came after Ingham County Animal Control officials closed Springborn’s pet store in Stockbridge due to suspected animal cruelty. that investigation began when Springborn’s neighbors and customers at the pet store complained.
Woman charged with hoarding dogs turns up
A Gregory woman accused of hoarding animals turned herself in Friday after she failed to appear for a court date. Judge Theresa Brennan ordered a bench warrant after Laura June Springborn, 38, failed to appear for an exam conference on a felony charge of cruelty to 10 or more animals. Springborn turned herself in Friday and was released on a $10,000 personal bond, according to District Court records. She is expected to return to court today for an exam conference in her case. Livingston County Animal Control officers found 24 dogs — mostly small-breed dogs, including Chihuahuas, Maltese and miniature pinschers — in the woman's home, which officials said was "unsanitary."
Gregory Woman Charged With Animal Cruelty Turns Herself In
5/17/10 - The warrant issued last week for a Livingston County woman accused of hoarding animals in her home and selling them in her pet store has been canceled. 38 year old Laura Springborn of Gregory is facing a felony cruelty to animals charge and had failed to show up for a scheduled court hearing on Wednesday. However she appeared in 53rd District Court on Friday and the warrant was canceled. Court records show she was released on a $10,000 personal bond pending another exam this week. Authorities say she was hoarding more than two dozen small, mixed-breed dogs in unsanitary conditions inside her home. Ingham County Animal Control officials closed her pet store in Stockbridge after an investigation that began when a customer complained the dog she had purchased had parvovirus. They then contacted Livingston County Animal Control and officers discovered all of the dogs. Meanwhile Springborn has pleaded guilty to retail fraud charges in a separate case but her sentencing has been put off until June. (JM)
Arrest warrant issued in animal cruelty case
A judge issued a bench warrant this week for a Gregory woman charged with neglecting more than two dozen small-breed dogs, including chihuahuas and miniature Doberman pinschers, according to court records. Laura Springborn, 38, failed to show up at an exam conference in 53rd District Court on Wednesday. Judge Theresa Brennan issued the warrant and increased a $10,000 bond Springborn posted to $25,000 cash or surety. Springborn faces four years in prison if convicted of animal cruelty. Livingston County Animal Control found the neglected and malnourished dogs April 8 after Ingham County asked for a welfare check at Springborn's home because of an investigation at her Stockbridge pet store.
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