180 animals seized in hoarding case in Cassopolis

One of Cass County's largest hoarding cases is shut down after the homeowners turn their son over to the authorities.

Robert Archer, 29, was arrested for resisting arrest and obstruction of justice. It's a two year felony in Michigan.

Cass County Animal Control officers were asked to take some 180 animals away from a house and small farm in Cassopolis.

The request came from the family to step in after their son, Robert Archer, kept bringing animals home.

Apparently he is a special needs student and still lives at home

For years animal control and the family tried to get Archer help with his hoarding addiction but the situation was out of control. Finally Animal Control worked with the parents to take the animals away.

“He liked animals and various types of animals and so on and hoarding. Hoarders can hoard anything -- anything and everything,” says Cass County Animal Control officer Robin Rowe.

Some of the animals taken include mice and rats, snakes, birds, potbellied pigs, goats, quail, ducks, geese, ponies, turtles, chickens, fish, cats, and dogs.

“They understood the problem was not going to resolve itself and it was going to end up in front of the courts,” says Cass County Animal Control officer Ron Butts.

Cass County Animal Control worked with eight rescue organizations for two weeks before they took the animals. The day of the seizure, all of the groups were ready and waiting to take all of the animals safely to another place.

The homeowner does not face any animal neglect or abuse charges after working with authorities. Cass County Animal Control did make it clear that if they did not work with them soon though they could face charges.

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