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Several dogs rescued by police after anonymous tip

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Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell and police rescued five dogs when arresting 49-year-old Michael Bridges.

“It's sick it's perverted,” Pickell said.

Pickell said the five dogs, four German shepherds and one Bull mastiff, were kept in feces-filled rooms, malnourished and starving.

The most severe was a German shepherd with a choke collar embedded in its neck. It needed surgery to have the collar removed.

“Horrible. How could somebody do that?” said Melissa Miller, Genesee County Animal Control officer.

These dogs are now being well taken care of at Animal Control, being nursed back to health

The mastiff, named Jarvis, came to the shelter a week ago, more than 100 pounds underweight.

“He's gained 18 pounds since he's been here, and first he was shy, only a couple of us could get near him,” Miller said. “Now, he's a big baby.”

One of the dogs, now named Ermin, is happy and friendly.

But before he came to animal control, he had to have a collar surgically removed from his neck

Pickell said the collar had been on the pup since he was a baby, and never taken off. His neck grew around it.

“And you can see the prongs inside, and when they put the collar on and they pull, the prongs go right into the skin,” Pickell said.

Bridges has been charged with one account of animal cruelty, and faces possibly two years in prison.

“I've removed animals from him before, unfortunately i couldn't prosecute him. So this time, I'm not giving up,” Miller said.

Pickell said he'd like to see Bridges, who claims to be a dog obedience trainer, face more punishment.

“The obedience trainer needs to be trained and have the prongs put into his neck,” Pickell said.

But for the rescued dogs, the future is a lot brighter, with a new lease on life.

“They're coming right out of their shell. They're going to make great family members to somebody,” Miller said.

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