Animal control investigating deaths of 7 puppies left at Oakland County rescue

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OAKLAND COUNTY (WJRT) (10/23/2018) - Animal control officers are investigating the deaths of seven puppies left outside the Michigan Animal Rescue League facility late Saturday.

Surveillance video outside the rescue facility in Pontiac shows a man getting out of a white sedan, placing a box on the porch and driving away. The camera didn't detect any movement in the box all night.

A staff member arrived on Sunday morning and found the seven puppies dead and neatly stacked on one another in the box. There were no obvious signs of trauma and some of them were bleeding from the nose.

Michigan Animal Rescue League turned over the puppies to Oakland County Animal Control for investigation. One of them was taken to Michigan State University for a necropsy to determine a cause of death.

“Right now, the investigation is in its preliminary stages,” said Bob Gatt, manager of the Oakland County Animal Control Division. “We will gather and follow the facts wherever they lead. If it appears there was any wrongdoing, then we will decide at that point on the appropriate next steps to take.”

A man came forward to the Michigan Animal Rescue League and Detroit-area media outlets on Monday evening, admitting he left the puppies. Animal control officers planned to speak with him on Tuesday.