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Animal control takes dogs after house fire; family wants pets back

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A Mid-Michigan family lost everything they owned after flames ripped through their home.

Soon after, the family said animal control seized their dogs, saying they can't be kept in the backyard kennel because the house is condemned.

The county is demanding more than $400 in fees before returning the animals, and if they don't pay, they said they'll have to put the pets down.

"I just don't think I should have to pay $410 to get my dogs out," Kimberly Campbell said.

Campbell said she has a lot of problems. Fire ripped through her home two weeks ago. Her son suffered smoke inhalation trying to rescue the family dogs from the flames, but he's OK and the dogs survived.

Now she's fighting another battle to save the dogs' lives.

Campbell said they're stuck in the Saginaw County Animal Shelter after Saginaw County Animal Control took their pets from the vacant home's backyard.

"I don't think she should've took them anyway. They were in a dog house. They weren't bothering nobody and I was feeding them every day. I was coming over here every day to check on them," Campbell said.

Officials said they have plenty of reasons to keep the canines at the facility.

"They don't have an up-to-date rabies shot and they're not licensed. And they can take the animals, all they have to do is pay the fees," said Elaine Thompson, interim director for the Saginaw County Animal Control.

She said Campbell called her department to come get the huskies, saying her staff would've never known about the dogs had it not been for Campbell's phone call.

Thompson said Campbell even helped load the dogs into the animal control vehicle. She also said Campbell hasn't made much of an effort to get her pets out.

"They haven't even made the attempt to pay for the animals to have a rabies shot. And rabies shots are just $5," Thompson said.

Campbell denies ever calling animal control and certainly didn't help them.

She said she simply can't afford to get the dogs out as she is still trying to find a place to live after the fire. She said the possibility of her pets being put to sleep is too much to take.

"I don't think it's right that she should put my dogs down when my 9-year-old son almost lost his life for these dogs," Campbell said.

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