Saginaw County Animal Control Center Recognized as Shelter of the Year
Saginaw County's old Animal Care Center. (WSGW News photo by Bill Hewitt)

The Saginaw County Animal Care and Control Center made national headlines with the rescue of a dog named Bella last year, that not only put the shelter in the spotlight across the country, but got the attention of the Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers (MAACO).

Shelter director Bonnie Kanicki says because of the little dog, who chewed off her leg to save herself, the SCACC was recognized as Shelter of the Year. She says it was a collective effort that took many people to accomplish.

Though Bella was able to be rehabilitated and moved to a trauma shelter with the help of generous donations from the community there are numerous other animals needing help. She says over the past year, the shelter has seen more than its share of abused, neglected and abandoned animals. She says through the efforts of law enforcement, animal control officers and shelter staff, they continue to investigate cases of abuse throughout the county.

The SCACC plans to move into its new facility on Bay Road in Saginaw in 2023.