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Michigan City Man Charged with 35 Counts of Animal Cruelty After Police Seize Dogs

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — A Michigan City man was officially charged with 35 misdemeanor animal cruelty charges after police recovered 35 dogs including one deceased, from a home on South Woodland Avenue Monday afternoon.

The arrest was a result of an investigation by Animal Control Officers Jason Speakman and Julie Holbrook after they received complaints of numerous dogs barking and a foul odor coming from the home located at 214 South Woodland Avenue.

A resident in the home who has been identified as 67-year-old Terry Marthinsen was arrested early Tuesday morning just after midnight and is currently being held at the LaPorte County Jail in lieu of a $605 bond.

Marthinsen was charged with 35 counts of animal cruelty on Tuesday according to a press release issued by Michigan City Police Sgt. Chris Yagelski.

The animals removed from the home were given medical care by Dr. Rex Bailey of the Michigan City Animal Hospital and were then transported to animal shelters in the ares.

The Michiana Humane Society, LaPorte Small Animal Shelter, and Michigan City Animal Shelter took in most of the dogs and are providing further medical care, rabies shots, and preparing them for adoption.

Residents and businesses in Michigan City expressed concerns about the incident and some businesses even sponsored the adoption of some pets already in the care of the animal shelters in order to make room for the new arrivals.

Marthinsen is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. on August 31.

Luis Izquierdo
Luis Izquierdo is a freelance journalist born and raised in Florida. He moved to Michigan City, Indiana in October of 2017 with his wife and kids. Luis has published hundreds of articles on numerous online and print publications throughout the United States.

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