Maple Grove Twp. man sentenced to jail for animal cruelty.

February 21, 2018


Maple Grove Twp. man sentenced to jail for animal cruelty.

MANISTEE — William Dolsen, 62, has pleaded no contest to animal cruelty charges in 85th District Court. Dolsen, of Maple Grove Township, was arrested  by the Manistee County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 18 after deputies found several animals without food, water and bedding.

He was arraigned on felony charges of animal cruelty and faced up to four years in prison for a charge of animals – abandoning/cruelty to 10 or more animals. In a plea agreement with the Manistee County Prosecutor’s Office, the felony charges were dropped and Dolsen was sentenced to 30 days in jail and one year probation on a misdemeanor charge. The judge also told Dolsen he can no longer own any animals, according to our news partner 7&4 News/UpNorthLive.

Dolsen and his lawyer claimed the neglect of the animals was not malice but because of financial reasons.

“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,” Manistee County Undersheriff Kenneth Falk said previously. “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.”

A no contest plea does not admit guilt but is treated as a guilty plea at sentencing.

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