Warrant Issued for Arrest of Rescuer/Shelter Advisory Board Member in Barry Co
November 17, 2012
The following is taken from the About page of the Pyr rescue website belonging to Marcie Tepper of MI:
When it comes to selecting a home for these big guys Marcie is pretty selective so please be patient with the questioning and process. A fenced area adjacent to the home is required, as these guys CANNOT be taught boundaries.
Potential adopters must be willing to have vet references, personal references and a home visit performed.
Adopters must agree to appropriate medical care, which includes but is not limited to annual vaccinations, annual heartworm testing and preventative, emergency care, grooming, licensing and containment of the dog. Adoption fee is $300 on average, this can vary due to individual circumstances.
Ms. Tepper currently has a warrant out for her arrest for animal neglect. The bank foreclosed on her home and the new owner went inside recently to find the 10 year old house was unsalvageable. The floors are covered in dog feces, there is garbage piled everywhere, and filthy dog crates are strewn throughout the home which reeks, as one might imagine.
Tepper spoke to 24 Hour News 8 Friday off-camera. She said has worked with the Barry County Animal shelter 17 years. During the last two, she said, she struggled with losing her home, felt pressured to take in animals, and was unable to pay rent because she spent so much on the animals.
Tepper said she’s working on getting treatment and plans to turn herself in Saturday on that neglect charge.
The new owner of the home also discovered a number of dead dogs who had been bagged and left on the property:
[S]he said she euthanized dogs at her house because she was embarrassed she could not find homes for the dogs.
Ms. Tepper is not a veterinarian to my knowledge. I have no idea how she was killing the huge dogs in her care but it’s hard to imagine any scenario where she was doing it legally. Does this activity fall under the “neglect” charge?
Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf declined to discuss Tepper’s case, citing an open investigation.
The Barry Co pound is under the sheriff’s supervision. In 2011, the pound killed 62% of the animals in its care. Marcie Tepper is a member of the Barry Co shelter advisory board. It would seem likely that the sheriff is well acquainted with Ms. Tepper. I will post updates on this case as I come across them.
Note: The dead dogs are blurred out in the video at the second link – only the home’s filthy conditions are shown clearly.
(Thank you Clarice for the links on this story.)