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Case ID: 16314
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment, Hoarding
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Attorneys/Judges
Defense(s): Carolyn Henry
Judge(s): Theresa Brennan, Michael P. Hatty


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Saturday, Apr 24, 2010

County: Livingston

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Convicted

Defendant/Suspect: Laura June Springborn

Case Updates: 3 update(s) available

A Gregory woman accused of hoarding and breeding more than two dozen small dogs has been charged in the case. Laura Springborn is charged with one count of animal cruelty to 10 or more animals.

Due to the number of dogs involved, the charge is a four year felony. Livingston County Animal Control was called out to investigate a situation at Springborn's home and she subsequently surrendered 24 small breed dogs including Chihuahuas and miniature Doberman Pinchers.

Investigators say the animals were living in the home and were neglected with insufficient food and water.

Officials say the home was also covered in dog feces. Springborn is believed to have owned a pet store in Stockbridge and Ingham County officials contacted Livingston County Animal Control to conduct a welfare check at the residence, which resulted in the animals being seized.

It's believed Springborn may have been breeding the dogs and selling them at the pet store. All of the animals have since been adopted out by Animal Control and the Humane Society of Livingston County.


Case Updates

A Gregory woman who pleaded guilty to attempted cruelty to animals, which officials alleged were living in "unsanitary" conditions at her home, was sentenced to probation today.

Laura June Springborn, 38, was initially charged with cruelty to 10 or more animals, but she pleaded guilty in October to a lesser charge of attempting to do that crime.

Livingston County Circuit Judge Michael P. Hatty sentenced Springborn to two years probation today.

Springborn's attorney, Carolyn Henry, declined to comment following the hearing.

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.

One complainant said the dog she received from the store had parvovirus, officials said.

More than a dozen dogs ‹ mostly mixed-breed dogs, including boxer mixes and Labradors, were dehydrated and had a "number of issues," Ingham County Animal Control officials said.

Springborn also entered a plea in the Ingham County case and was subsequently sentenced to probation.
Source: livingstondaily.com - Dec 9, 2010
Update posted on Dec 9, 2010 - 9:43PM 
The trial for a Gregory woman accused of hoarding animals in her home and selling them in a Stockbridge pet store was delayed Friday until Oct. 18.

The trial in Livingston Circuit Court was to begin Monday. Laura June Springborn, 38, is charged with cruelty to 10 or more animals.

Livingston County Animal control officers seized 24 dogs, mostly small breeds such as chihuahuas, Maltese and miniature pinschers, on April 8. Officials said the animals were kept in unsanitary conditions.

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.
Source: Detroit News - Sept 11, 2010
Update posted on Sep 12, 2010 - 2:14PM 
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.
Source: The Detroit News - May 14, 2010
Update posted on May 16, 2010 - 2:22PM 

References

  • WHMI - April 24, 2010

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