Dog Cruelty Reward Doubled

By: Brian Johnson Email
By: Brian Johnson Email

Ingham County Animal Control Friday more than doubled the reward for information leading to an arrest for the July 17 dog fight. The reward originally was $500. Friday the shelter announced the reward is now set at $1,100. Two donors gave the shelter the reward money in hopes to find out who is responsible for hurting the dog.

The dogs name is "beast," but Ingham County Animal Control Deputy Director, Anne Burns says the people who did this to the dog are the true beasts.

"It's just despicable what they did. I mean, it's unforgiving and we're going to be relentless at finding these beasts, you know they call that dog the beast. He's not a beast. He's a fantastic loving dog," said Burns. "When he came in here, you know, it literally looked like his heart was broken. I mean he has the scares and the injuries but it was his spirit was way way down. We thought he had given up, but within the last couple days he's been on heavy duty antibiotics and his spirit just keeps lifting higher and higher and higher. He's a trooper."

Animal Control says the dog was tied up and then attacked by other dogs behind the M9 Party Store on MLK boulevard in Lansing.

"Our officers were dispatched on the 17, Tuesday the 17, right around 12:30 in the morning on a complaint of possible dog fighting going on behind the M9 party store," said Officer Robert Merritt, of the Lansing Police Department. "When the officers arrived they not only met with witnesses but they met with the owners of a house that was behind there also, as well as the dog that was in distress."

To encourage people to call in with tips, a deputy posted more than 100 flyers in the surrounding neighborhood behind the convenience store but now they are gone. The only flyer we found was inside the convenience store, but our cameras were not welcome inside.

"Those are great dogs and they shouldn't be exploited like that," said Tony McCathery, a Lansing Resident who was at the store Friday. "Anybody who's fighting there dogs they should go down. No exceptions."

"It's not a sport," said Burns. "Football is a sport, hockey is a sport. Dog fighting is not a sport it's just bonified cruelty."

Deputies say several men are responsible for hurting the dog. They are following several leads, but hope the reward money will encourage people to come forward with information.

"I have a feeling that there's going to be a lot of people out there that want to adopt [beast]. He's a great dog," said Burns. "I don't see any problem adopting him out."

If you have any information about the dog fight give the Ingham County Animal Shelter a call. You can stay anonymous. The caller giving who gives a tip that leads to an arrest will receive $1,100. The Ingham County Animal Control can be reached at 517-676-8370.

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  • by RT Location: Lansing on Jul 28, 2012 at 09:32 AM
    The folks who donated the extra money deserve as much credit as we can give them--THANK YOU!! What needs to happen is the PENALTY for animal cruelty and dog fighting needs to as serious as the crime! When these people are caught,tried, and convicted they only get slaps on the wrists or probation (like that maniac kid who killed the mini-greyhounds). There's no deterrance for these people NOT to fight the dogs...until then I fear we'll continue to see this type of abuse.
  • by Steve on Jul 28, 2012 at 05:28 AM
    "Dog Lover" please call the ICAC and report the address of the place you're talking about as soon as possible.
  • by Dog Lover Location: Lansing on Jul 28, 2012 at 12:33 AM
    I think animal control needs to start looking on the east side of town, I believe I have seen this dog over there before, there is a home that has pits and when you walk by with your dogs the owners comes out with their dogs getting them worked up by saying things to them the dogs go nuts, then they put them on the chains and tell them to get em till the dogs are basically choking themselves trying to get to other peoples dogs that are walking by with their owners.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 27, 2012 at 08:35 PM
    They need to find these fools and then tie them up and let some dogs tear them apart and see how it feels to have that done to them. An eye for an eye.
  • by Leslie Location: Stockbridge on Jul 27, 2012 at 06:26 PM
    A sport is when people choose to play. These dogs DO NOT choose to play. You want to be a bad *** YOU get in a ring and fight someone. Then go home to your loving pit bull so they can lick your tears off your face.
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