In October 2011, some Pitbulls belonging to Julie Kowal of Kent Co, MI were picked up running loose. The dogs had what appeared to be injuries that had been left untreated. One dog’s ear had apparently been torn off. AC visited Ms. Kowal’s home. They knew where to find it since they’d been there many times in recent years to investigate animal complaints. At the October visit, the door to Ms. Kowal’s home was reportedly found wide open. Officers said filthy conditions were visible inside the home, including animal feces all over the floor. Ms. Kowal was cited for the roaming dogs, failure to provide vet care and the filthy conditions. Three of the dogs were euthanized due to their condition.
Ms. Kowal offered that the dogs must have sustained injuries while they were loose but the injuries did not appear to be fresh. (Warning: some photos may be disturbing)
Five months later, Julie Kowal was hired as the administrator at the Allegan County Animal Shelter. After a local news station reported on Ms. Kowal’s history of animal related violations in Kent Co, the shelter announced it would conduct an internal investigation. Ms. Kowal immediately resigned.