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DC resident arrested in Great Dane animal cruelty investigation

Following a Humane Rescue Alliance investigation, Michael Gibson of Washington, D.C., was arrested on Monday and charged with four counts of cruelty to animals for failing to provide proper space and veterinary care for his animals.

On Sept. 9, Humane Law Enforcement officers with HRA rescued 36 dogs and six rabbits from Gibson’s home on the 2900 block of Branch Avenue SE under a search and seizure warrant.

On scene, HRA found 42 animals, including 33 Great Danes, one Doberman, one pit bull-type dog, one chihuahua mix and six rabbits, being housed in unsafe and unsanitary conditions.

In many instances, multiple Great Danes were confined to one small cage, forced to live amongst their own waste and sleep on a concrete floor. Blood and feces covered the walls. The animals did not have access to food or water. The smell of ammonia and feces overwhelmed the rescuers. Humane Law Enforcement officers uncovered evidence relating to the sale of animals. The officers also discovered the remains of several puppies in a mini refrigerator.

The rescued animals are in the care of HRA at an undisclosed location and are receiving necessary medical and behavioral treatment.

The case began as an HRA animal control investigation following an anonymous tip regarding the number, types and wellbeing of animals being housed at Gibson’s home. HRA’s Humane Law Enforcement division took over the investigation upon discovering evidence related to alleged animal cruelty.

HRA anticipates caring for the animals for months as the criminal case develops. To support the cost to care for these animals and other animals HRA rescues, donate here.


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