For Immediate Release
March 18, 2019
DEFENDANT PLEADS AS CHARGED IN DOG DEATH CASE
MT. CLEMENS, MI – This morning, in front of Judge Caretti in the 16th Circuit Court, Alexander Gerth plead no contest to the charge of killing/torturing an animal for the heinous stabbing and killing of his dog Sterling.
A plea of no contest is treated the same as a guilty plea under the law.
Sterling, a medium sized, two-year-old, mixed breed brown dog, was found with multiple stab wounds on January 24, 2019, left underneath a picnic table, in below freezing temperatures, in Grant Park. There was a trail of blood from a nearby waste receptacle to the location where Sterling perished.
“Sterling was maliciously tortured and left to die in the elements,” stated Prosecutor Smith. “My office is fully committed to prosecuting every animal abuse case to the fullest extent under the law.”
In December in 2018, legislation was passed and signed into law to increase the penalties associated with the abuse of animals. That law goes into effect for all crimes committed after March 28, 2019.
“Gerth was charged with most severe charge on the books at the time,” Smith said. “Thankfully, the legislature recently modified the penalty for this charge, making it a 10-year felony. Unfortunately, the change did not go into effect in time for Sterling.”
Prosecutor Smith added, “Thank you to all of the supporters who have attended the court proceedings, in addition to the hundreds who have reached out to our office in support of Sterling.”
Gerth is scheduled to be sentenced on April 23, 2019.
Please call Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith at 586 469-7282 with questions regarding this case.