For Immediate Release
February 22, 2019
PROSECUTOR CHARGES TWO MEN WITH ANIMAL CRUELTY
MOUNT CLEMENS, MI — Charges of animal abuse have been brought against two brothers responsible for housing and transporting 52 dogs in Macomb County. Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Smith has charged each of the suspects with the maximum charge of animal cruelty, a four-year felony.
Police and prosecutors allege that the brothers had been evicted from their home in Sterling Heights, where they were living with the 52 dogs in appalling conditions. Neighbors had voiced concerns regarding the odor coming from the suspects’ home and Animal Control had responded to the home to determine if an animal carcass was in the garbage.
The brothers rented a U-Haul truck upon eviction; and, in a disturbing and very unsanitary manner, transported the 52 dogs to Macomb County Animal Control.
“This is a horrific case of animal cruelty,” said Prosecutor Smith. “These dogs were emaciated, extremely dehydrated, covered in filth and scars. A female German Shephard mix had to be euthanized due to the injuries she sustained. As a dog lover, it is utterly devastating.”
Prosecutor Smith continued, “Animal cruelty will never be tolerated. The fact is, we need stronger penalties for hoarding and abusing these innocent animals. I’m very proud of the response from the community, as well as my staff, in providing support to these innocent victims.”
The Suspects are not currently in custody and are expected to be arraigned in 41-A District Court – Sterling Heights sometime next week.