Dog Found with Throat Slashed in Lansing Park

By: News 10
By: News 10

Ingham County Animal Control Investigators are seeking leads in connection with the discovery of a seriously injured blondish-red Pomeranian-mix female found abandoned in a box in Hunter Park in Lansing on Saturday February 9th. The dog’s neck was severely lacerated leaving a gaping wound.

Ingham County Animal Control Officer J.D. Delatorre responded to a citizen call that a small dog was in a box in the snow near the park during the recent heavy snow storm. Officer Delatorre located the dog in a remote area of the park, still inside the box. The injured dog was cold, shivering and whining when he approached her. The dog’s wound was infected with a gaping open gash across her throat. According to the officer, the smell of infection was so strong, he could smell the dog before getting close to it.

“The animal’s injury was gruesome,” said Jamie McAloon-Lampman, Director of the Ingham County Shelter. “This is most disturbing because this poor little dog is extremely sweet and loving. She was obviously someone’s beloved pet once. What was so sad about this is that she was still sitting in the box shivering from the 20 degree cold, yet still waiting as if she expected whoever left her in the snow was going to come back for her.” said McAloon-Lampman. “We estimate she was out there for hours if the night before.”

ICAC is looking for the public to help solve this senseless act. “There is no reason to abandon any animal or to leave an injured animal in the freezing cold—EVER.” said McAloon Lampman.
The ICAC staff has named her Serenity because of her calm and gentle nature during her rescue and during the course of her veterinary care and treatment of her neck wound. Serenity is recovering at the Ingham County Animal Control Shelter where she will undergo further surgery to repair her neck. She is expected to make a full recovery.

A $200 reward is being offered for information associated with this crime. Investigators are seeking leads and welcome any anonymous tips or clues on the individuals responsible for this act. Please call the Ingham County Animal Shelter tip line at 517.676.8376 to share any details of this crime or e-mail jmcaloon@ingham.org.


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  • by Lori Location: Lansing on Feb 19, 2013 at 09:09 AM
    Really? A $200 reward? In Lansing? You've got to be kidding! You must increase this reward if you want anyone to come forward. Someone has to know something, but probably won't squeal out of fear. Increase the reward for other dogs' sakes!
  • by Me Location: ichigan on Feb 17, 2013 at 12:04 PM
    Prayers for the poor dog. Evil is loose among us.
  • by kelly Location: lansing on Feb 16, 2013 at 11:42 AM
    Words can not express the anger I feel when reading this story. I hope you meet your maker far sooner than the cops find you. MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOLE BECAUSE WE WILL NOT!!! The law will never protect these poor animals so this sickness will only continue. It is sad that You get in more trouble stealing a car than torturing and killing a living, breathing, feeling animal.If animals are property then why can we not charge these people with destruction of property the charges for that are probable even greater than animal cruelty? Something has got to change. Sorry for the random mumbling but I am so upset it is hard to think straight.
  • by elizabeth Location: mason on Feb 14, 2013 at 09:08 AM
    It makes me sick how somebody can hurt an innocent animal who wants to please their human owner. That puppy did not deserve what happened to her, and i hope justice will be served. And my prayers for that puppy.
  • by Gloria Location: Lansing on Feb 13, 2013 at 10:51 AM
    Thank goodness the pup will be fine. She is being well-cared-for at Ingham Co. Animal Shelter and there is a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the evil scum who did it. They named her Serenity, and say she is sweet to everybody.
  • by Jan Location: Lansing on Feb 13, 2013 at 09:30 AM
    I hope that there was more to the story than was printed. The article states that someone reported the dog in the box during the last snow storm which was several days before. Was there an investigation then? Why was it not until Sat. that the dog was found and picked up?
  • by Name Location: Location on Feb 13, 2013 at 05:43 AM
    People who can do this to animals aren't that far removed from being able to do this to another person.
  • by RT Location: Lansing on Feb 13, 2013 at 05:21 AM
    Words can't express the horror of something like this but all I can say is I hope this little dog makes a full recovery and finds a loving home. What's truly sad is that even if they find the person responsible that person will only get a slap on the wrist or probation. That maniac med student from MSU killed a dozen puppies and only got probation...is there a lawmaker out there who will raise the issue of HARSH sentencing for these monstrous people??!!
  • by Greg Location: Michigan on Feb 13, 2013 at 03:44 AM
    My heart bleeds and my eyes are full of tears thinking how this dog stayed in the box as if to stay loyal to the throat slasher to return. What is wrong with people. If that was my dog that somone abused and I caiught them it wouldn't be good for them to say the least. God Help Us.
  • by Jamie Location: Lansing on Feb 12, 2013 at 05:14 PM
    What has this society came to when human beings are so easily capable of these crimes? I don't understand how there could be such evil involved in a mind. Who ever you are, I hope you are happy being public enemy #1. Karma is knocking on your door, and it is a female dog (how ironic...)
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