'Skinny Minnie' Recovering with Foster Family

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'Skinny Minnie' Recovering with Foster Family

By FOX 47 News . CREATED Jul 24, 2014 - UPDATED: Jul 25, 2014

The Ingham County Animal Shelter posted an update on the condition of "Skinny Minnie", the emaciated dog that was found after being abandoned at Hawk Island Park in south Lansing, Thursday morning.

Minnie is currently recovering under the care of a veterinarian, with a qualified foster family. The shelter is hoping that Minnie will be able to make a full recovery, but it is still very early in the process, and she has a long road ahead of her.

Minnie's case is being investigated by Ingham County Animal Control law enforcement. The investigators are hoping that people in the neighborhoods around Hawk Island may know something about Minnie, and the people who are responsible for her condition.

If you have information that can help the investigators find who may be responsible, please contact the shelter. Those investigating this case are interested in any information from neighbors and the community that will help determine what led to this dogs condition and subsequent charges. Anyone with information can call the anonymous cruelty tip line at (517) 676-8376 or email ac_shelter@ingham.org. Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter.

If you are interested in helping out financially to the cost of Minnie's care, or donating money toward the reward for tips leading to the arrest of conviction of the people that neglected her, please click the link here.

The shelter also accepts donations in person or by mail, at their facility in Mason.

The Ingham County Animal Control also wants to remind the community that prevention and early intervention can save the lives of neglected, and abused animals. If you know of an animal who is abused, neglected, or used for fighting, file a complaint with Ingham County Animal Control.


FOX 47 News spoke with Ingham County Animal Shelter Officer Jodi LeBombard about a severely emaciated and dehydrated dog that was found at Hawk Island Park in south Lansing on Thursday, July 24, 2014.

The dog was spotted early this morning in the park by a local resident, who then called the animal shelter to express their concern. Animal Control officers went out and were able to pick up the dog without incident.

The dog is an adult female, believed to possible be a mastiff mix, but a definitive determination of her breed has not been made at this time. She was not wearing a collar, or any identifying tags at the time she was picked up.

Shelter personnel do not believe that she is a stray, or a dog that had been away from human contact for any length of time, due to her comfort around shelter workers, and a very friendly personality. Officer LeBombard also said she did not think the dog could have made it any significant distance on her own, due to her poor physical condition.

The dog is currently at the Ingham County Animal Shelter, and is being cared for by a veterinarian on staff. She is responding well to treatment, and will be undergoing further testing to determine her condition, and check for any injuries.

The shelter is hoping that the dog will be able to make a good recovery, and that she will eventually be able to be made available for adoption with a new family.

In the meantime, the shelter is offering a $500 reward for people who can provide information about the person or persons who are responsible for the dog's condition. You can submit an anonymous tip by emailing ac_shelter@ingham.org or calling their Anonymous Tip Line at (517) 676-8376.

The Ingham County Animal Shelter is offering a $500 reward for information about the person or persons responsible for a severely emaciated dog that was found this morning at Hawk Island Park on the south side of Lansing.

Animal Control officers believe she was abandoned at the park some time this morning or last night. The dog is very emaciated, and severely dehydrated.

She is being cared for by shelter personnel. Please contact the shelter's Tip line at 517-676-8376 or email ac_shelter@ingham.org if you have any information.