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Case ID: 19376
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (pit-bull), reptile
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Thursday, Feb 23, 2012

County: Muskegon

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Thomas Cryderman

A 26-year-old Muskegon man has been charged with a misdemeanor and slapped with 47 ordinance violations in connected with a slew of pit bulls, an alligator and other animals he allegedly abandoned in his Oak Avenue home.

Thomas Cryderman was arraigned Thursday in Muskegon County 60th District Court on one count of abandonment/cruelty of 2-3 animals, a misdemeanor. The judge ordered an $8,000 signature bond and scheduled a pretrial for March 21.

According to police, Cryderman was also cited for 47 city ordinance violations because he had more dogs than the city allows, and an alligator, which isn't allowed in the city unless it's at a designated zoo.

The city allows a homeowner to have up to three dogs.

Cryderman had left 10 dogs -- pit bulls and pit bull-mixed dogs -- an iguana and an alligator to fend for themselves inside and outside his home in the 900 block of Oak Avenue.

Authorities discovered the animals at the feces-filled home on Feb. 23 after a woman walking her dog noticed several pit bulls tied up near the backyard.

The dogs and alligator are currently being cared for by Pound Buddies Shelter & Adoption Center in Muskegon.

The iguana is being cared for by someone who knows how to raise that type of reptile, according to shelter officials, and they hope to send the alligator to a reptile rescue facility out of state.

The owner has to sign off on all the animals before the shelter can adopt them out or send them else-where, shelter officials said.

Shelter officials said the alligator had been living in an aquarium with dirty water and hardly anything else. One shelter official said the inside of the home had urine stains all over the floor and looked like something out of the show, "Hoarders."

Police believe children lived at the home at one point with Cryderman and his live-in girlfriend. But it wasn't clear whether the children or the woman had lived there when all of the animals were still at the home, police said.

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