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14 of 100 Dogs Put Down In Port Huron Cruelty Case

The Animal League

  Authorities say 14 out of more than 100 dogs found in a Michigan couple's home have been euthanized because they were sick.

The Times Herald of Port Huron reports the St. Clair County sheriff's department says the dogs that were euthanized were showing symptoms of parvovirus, an often fatal and highly contagious disease.

Some of the other rescued dogs are being kept at the county's animal control facility. Others have been accepted by rescue groups.

Sixty-six-year-old Michael Higgins and 56-year-old Lynn Higgins are charged with abandoning or cruelty to animals. They're due back in court next month.

Authorities say the animals were removed in mid-June from the Cottrellville Township home after complaints about the smell and noise at the property, which is located about 50 miles northeast of Detroit.

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