Midland County News

Judge Donna Morris Remembered

  • February 8 2015
Judge Donna Morris Remembered

Update on Putnam Drive Kennels

  • February 6 2015
Update on Putnam Drive Kennels

Update on Putnam Drive Kennels

On February 6th, 2015 Midland County Sheriff Scott Stephenson, met with the family that owns the property and kennels on Putnam Drive, in Homer Township of Midland County.  After a lengthy conversation, the family chose to voluntarily surrender all of the dogs that were being kept in the outside kennels, to an animal rescue organization. 

The animals were transported from the address on Putnam Drive, by the Animal Control Division, of the Midland County Sheriff’s Office.  Arrangements have been made for the animals to be turned over to a rescue organization, “A New Start on Life” located in Holland, Michigan.


Sheriff Scott Stephenson

Putnam Drive Incident Response From Sheriff Stephenson

  • February 4 2015
Putnam Drive Incident Response From Sheriff Stephenson

February 4, 2015


There has been much information circulated through social media regarding what people are referring to as a “puppy mill” located in Midland County.  The complaint has been and continues to be investigated and while the conditions of the kennel are less than ideal, they do meet the minimum standards that are required by law.  Because the Sheriff’s Office continues to receive complaints, we felt it was important to inform concerned citizens of what has been done in the past and what will continue to be done in the future.

On December 16th the Animal Control Division of the Midland County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding the living conditions of the animals being kept at this residence.  A subject had gone to the residence and took pictures of the various animals and kennels.  The photos were sent to the Humane Society of Midland County who forwarded them to our Office.   Our Animal Control Deputy made an unannounced visit to the residence and conducted an inspection of the premises.  The homeowner has 22 animals on the property.  Ten of the dogs are covered under the kennel license that was re issued and inspected in May of 2014, and 12 dogs are individually licensed.  There were no violations of any laws that regulate the operation of a kennel noted at that time.  The Deputy made two recommendations regarding the nails on one animal that were in need of trimming and the removal of some matted hair from another.

Even though we were confident of findings, we felt a second opinion was in order.  On December 23rd we returned to the residence with a doctor of veterinary medicine from the Michigan Department of Agriculture.  This person is responsible for inspecting animal facilities throughout the State of Michigan.  The veterinarian conducted an inspection of the kennels and agreed with our original assessment that there were no violations.  The veterinarian did note that two kennels needed additional bedding after a recent clean out.  Our Deputy responded the following day and additional straw had been added.  Our Deputy has made several other unannounced inspections since the original complaint with no violations observed.

We continue to receive numerous contacts from citizens from all over the United States expressing their concerns over the treatment of the animals at the residence.   While we appreciate people’s concerns for animal rights, we must also be mindful of the dog owners and their Constitutional Rights.  They have been and continue to be cooperative throughout this incident allowing my staff to inspect their kennels at anytime.  Rest assured that we will continue to monitor this facility to ensure the lawful care and treatment of these animals. 

In an effort to afford better understanding, representatives from the Midland County Sheriff’s Office, the Midland County Prosecutor’s Office and the Midland County Humane Society met to discuss the issues surrounding this case.  This was an excellent opportunity for everyone to sit down and share their concerns and further explain the Michigan laws surrounding the regulating of kennels and animal cruelty.  I believe all parties left with a better understanding of the adversities our respective agencies are facing.  We will be meeting again in the very near future to further discuss ways to work together on this very important issue.

Edenville Township Trailer Fire Under Investigation

  • January 28 2015
Edenville Township Trailer Fire Under Investigation

January 28, 2015

Deputies and Firefighters discovered components of a methamphetamine laboratory after responding to a trailer fire in Edenville Township.

Midland County Central Dispatch received a call for house fire at 5582 N Lake Sanford Rd in Midland Counties Edenville Township. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find the residence fully engulfed.  In the course of fighting the fire, components known to be used in the manufacturing of the drug methamphetamine were discovered and seized as evidence.  After the fire was extinguished, the Bay Area Narcotics team was contacted.  They responded with personnel who are trained in the proper removal and disposal of these caustic materials.

The resident of this house, a 52 year old man, ran to the neighbors and asked them to contact 911 to report the fire.  He then fled the scene prior to the arrival of Law Enforcement and the Fire Department.  He was later located at another residence in Edenville Township and arrested for unrelated outstanding warrants.  The investigation into the potential Meth Lab is ongoing. Edenville Township was assisted at the scene by the Hope and Jerome Township Fire Departments.

Sheriff Scott Stephenson

Norovirus - Stomach Flu *Health Warning*

  • January 21 2015
Norovirus - Stomach Flu   *Health Warning*

Have you or your family recently been ill with vomiting and diarrhea? There is a good chance it was caused by a norovirus, commonly called "the stomach flu." Noroviruses are highly contagious viruses that cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramping. Some people also experience headache, low grade fever, and body aches. Symptoms usually last for 24 to 48 hours. See our fact sheet for more information.