Maple Grove Twp. man faces up to 4 years in prison for animal cruelty. 

January 23, 2018


Maple Grove Twp. man faces up to 4 years in prison for animal cruelty. 

MANISTEE — William Dolsen, 62, was recently arraigned in 85th District Court on felony charges of animal cruelty. Dolsen was arrested on Thursday, Jan. 18 deputies from Manistee County Sheriff’s Office found several animals without food, water and bedding at Dolsen’s Maple Grove Township home.

“On Jan. 5, 2018, the Manistee County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint that there were animals at a Maple Grove Township residence that were being neglected,” said Manistee Undersheriff Kenneth Falk. “The Manistee County Sheriff’s Office went to the scene and observed numerous animals — one cow, two ponies, two pigs, three goats, along with other live animals, geese, chickens, turkeys — without food, water and bedding. There were also numerous deceased animals on the ground at the residence.

“After the deputies conducted their investigation, it was deemed that most of the animals would be impounded due to improper sheltering for livestock; failure to feed and water livestock; improper burial of livestock; and failure to provide veterinary and farrier care.”

Dolsen faces up to four years in prison for a charge of animals – abandoning/cruelty to 10 or more animals. Bail was set at $40,000/cash/surety/10 percent bond; Dolsen has bonded out.

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