A fresh look at some of the dogs in the GR seizure case

When it was announced there would be an opportunity for media to meet some of the dogs forfeited to the Kent County Animal Shelter in the case against Kimberly Savino of Grand Rapids, Katy Batdorff Photography was on hand as an assignment from Dogs Unleashed.

Here’s a look through Katy’s lens as the dogs were released into the play area of the shelter.

Dr. Laurie Wright brings Chinese Crested mix puppies outside to play at the Kent County Animal Shelter Friday.

Dr. Laurie Wright brings Chinese Crested mix puppies outside to play at the Kent County Animal Shelter Friday.

Chinese Crested mix puppies play outside at the Kent County Animal Shelter Friday.

Chinese Crested mix puppies play outside at the Kent County Animal Shelter Friday.

A Chinese Crested mix puppy plays outside at the Kent County Animal Shelter Friday.

A Chinese Crested mix puppy plays outside at the Kent County Animal Shelter Friday.

A Chinese Crested mix puppy plays outside with each other at the Kent County Animal Shelter Friday.

A Chinese Crested mix puppy plays outside at the Kent County Animal Shelter Friday.

Chinese Crested puppies, 11 1/2 weeks old, play in the outdoor area at the Kent County Animal Shelter Friday.

Chinese Crested puppies, 11 1/2 weeks old, play in the outdoor area at the Kent County Animal Shelter Friday.

Chinese Crested mix puppies enjoy some play time in the outdoor area of the Kent County Animal Shelter.

Chinese Crested mix puppies enjoy some play time in the outdoor area of the Kent County Animal Shelter.

Dr. Laurie Wright gathers up a puppy to bring back into the Kent County Animal Shelter after playtime.

Dr. Laurie Wright gathers up a puppy to bring back into the Kent County Animal Shelter after playtime.

Animal Care Specialist Chelsi Hall snuggles Chinese Crested mix puppies at the Kent County Animal Shelter Friday.

Animal Care Specialist Chelsi Hall snuggles Chinese Crested mix puppies at the Kent County Animal Shelter Friday.

One of the Chinese Crested puppies, who became property of the Kent County Animal Shelter on Friday.

One of the Chinese Crested puppies, who became property of the Kent County Animal Shelter on Friday.

A Papillon from a Kent County neglect case met the media on Friday, when it became property of the Kent County Animal Shelter. The dog is missing all but a few teeth ... thus, the tongue hanging out.

A Papillon from a Kent County neglect case met the media on Friday, when it became property of the Kent County Animal Shelter. The dog is missing all but a few teeth … thus, the tongue hanging out.

A Bichon Frise mix watches intently as the media gathers to meet the dogs.

A Bichon Frise mix watches intently as the media gathers to meet the dogs.

Pupcorn, a longhair Dachshund, carries around a squeaky toy -- his favorite at playtime, shelter staff said.

Pupcorn, a longhair Dachshund, carries around a squeaky toy — his favorite at playtime, shelter staff said.

"Tripawd" is a three-legged Dalmatian who was seized with dozens of others in a Grand Rapids home on June 27.

“Tripawd” is a three-legged Dalmatian who was seized with dozens of others in a Grand Rapids home on June 27.

Dogs adapt pretty easily to losing a leg, Dr. Laurie Wright said, and "Tripawd" was a prime example at the Kent County Animal Shelter.

Dogs adapt pretty easily to losing a leg, Dr. Laurie Wright said, and “Tripawd” was a prime example at the Kent County Animal Shelter.

7 thoughts on “A fresh look at some of the dogs in the GR seizure case

  1. Oh . . . how dear and precious! They appear to be so joyful after such horrific living conditions. I want to snuggle each and every one of them!

  2. Last year the Kent County Animal Shelter took in 2,978 dogs.
    Only 1,320 made it out alive.
    The shelter needs to do a better job at getting more animals out alive.
    Shelter staff should consider it a failure to euthanize any happy healthy cat or dog.

  3. Is this one of the shelters that hands over the poor dogs and cats to that criminal Jim W of r&r research? The state has the highest number of pet thefts, class b dealers and pound seizure

    • Rose, As of now there is only one shelter in this state that still has any relationship with R&R anymore and it’s been downsized considerably. Gratiot Co. Commissioners had just renewed a five year contract with him a two or three years ago as pressure continued to mount from rescues and the public to end their pound seizure policy which gave Woudenberg live animals in exchange for him removing dead bodies from their freezer for free. After a time, the commission agreed to restrict him to one dog per year which keeps them from violating the contract.
      We have to remain vigilant, lest the Brokers recruit new shelters. I think those shelters that flat out refuse to submit their annual reports to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development also need to be monitored far more closely than the Department can do it. When they will not account for the animals they take it, there is potential for secret dealings with the brokers. The brokers are still in business, still getting dogs from somewhere and attempts to pass legislation outlawing pound seizure in Michigan have repeatedly failed
      . But the shelters that were openly working with them all these years have, one by one, stopped the practice.

  4. This should be circulated far and wide, especially to the people on Corgi Nation, many of whom are still being deluded by and supporting Kim Savino. What she did to the animals is atrocious and what she did to the homeowners is unforgivable. They tried to help her and now their lives and finances were almost destroyed, along with a marriage, due to Kim’s manipulation, half truths, well thought out plans to get what she wanted from them for herself. She has now pled guilty (too bad there wasn’t a trial so the rest of the truth could come out) and will receive her sentencing in November. She needs mental help but highly doubt she will receive it from the court. When all is said and done, she will move on to her next human victim and continue to collect more dogs and abuse them as she did these, using the name/cover of rescue to her advantage. She knows how to play on people’s sympathies and work the system. As is the case with most hoarders they cannot recognize or acknowledge what they did was very wrong. She could present a danger to anyone who crosses her and any animal she comes in contact with. Pity the next person, after a year, who takes her into their home.

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