Saginaw County Animal Care & Control regains Facebook page after scammers hack

SAGINAW, MI – Police are investigating after the Saginaw County Animal Care & Control Facebook page was hacked.

On the night of Tuesday, Oct. 4, the agency’s Facebook page was hacked by an unknown source, according to Saginaw County Deputy Sheriff Mike Gomez. The hacker placed ads for French bulldog puppies with a link to a Google form asking for payments to be made through Venmo or Zelle.

Animal Control does not require payment to be made in this manner. Also, the advertised form is not the agency’s correct adoption application.

Anyone who paid money this way was likely scammed, Michigan State Police added. They encouraged potential victims to call their financial institutions and Detective Sgt MSP. Evan Zapolski at 989-439-5276.

Since Thursday morning, Animal Control staff have had control of the Facebook page again. Meanwhile, the agency is continuing to hold an Empty the Shelters event through Saturday, October 8, during which the dog adoption fee is $25 and the cat adoption fee is $10.

Pets available for adoption can be viewed at For more information, please call Animal Control at 989-797-4500.

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Benjamin M. Yerger