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Kalamazoo Co. Animal Services officer honored with national award

Kalamazoo Co. Animal Services officer honored with national award

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Kalamazoo County Animal Services officer is being recognized with a national award for his investigation into a dog fighting case.

You may remember Kelvin Thomas pleaded "no contest" after police seized 10 dogs during a raid of his Oshtemo Township home last year.

Officers recall seeing dogs tied up in the woods, starving, and others living in wire cages.

As part of a controversial plea deal, Thomas did not go to jail, and instead was put on probation for five years.

Mark Vanderberg is the Animal Services Officer for Kalamazoo County, and now the recipient of the Humane Society of the United State's prestigious Law Enforcement Award.

"It's a pleasure to be able to share that with multiple departments," he said.

Officer Mark Vanderberg will be presented with the HSUS Humane Law Enforcement Award on March 29th.

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