MHS Helps Convict Man Accused of Violently Killing Dog
The man will spend more than two years in prison for his crimes
July 12, 2016
In July, a long-term cruelty investigation by the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) came to a successful conclusion, as a man accused of killing his mother’s dog in a vicious attack was brought to justice. The man was convicted on one count felony animal cruelty, one count misdemeanor animal cruelty and one count felony firearm and will serve more than two years in prison.
The MHS Cruelty Investigation Department received a call from the Detroit Police Department (DPD) on Monday, February 15, 2016 in regards to a suspect they had in custody on a dog killing. The suspect had allegedly stabbed his mother’s dog 21 times and then shot the dog, named Diamond, once in the head after she had died. DPD still had the suspect in custody and requested MHS investigate and write an in-custody warrant.
“The most important part of this case was getting the cooperation of our one and only witness, and asking a mom to testify against her son is not the easiest thing to do,” said Elise Ramsey, MHS Cruelty Investigator. “Her concern was for others that may be hurt because of her son in the future, and it’s truly because of her testimony that we were able to get a conviction.”
Each year, the MHS Cruelty Investigation Department responds to more than 5,000 complaints of animal cruelty or neglect in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park.
“This sad and tragic case is just one of many we investigate every year,” said Debby MacDonald, MHS Chief Cruelty Investigator. “The result of this investigation just goes to show that animal abuse will not be tolerated in our community and, when we work together, we can bring those who harm animals to justice.”