Update On Abused Dog Case

By: News 10
By: News 10

Ingham County Animal Control has identified a person on interest in the case of the dog who was found hog-tied and left for dead in Lansing last week.

Director Jamie McAloon Lampman says they have "strong leads" thanks to interviews they've done. No arrests have been made.

The Capital Area Humane Society says the dog, Tatiana, spent a relaxing weekend in foster care with a staff member, and is now "acting like a normal dog," running around and chewing bones.

She was found last week, with her legs and mouth bound in electrical tape in a wooded area near Old Town. Her head was swollen from being beaten: that swelling has greatly decreased.

Tatiana will remain in foster care for some time, likely until after the investigation wraps up.

Several donations have poured into the Capital Area Humane Society. According to its website, people as far as Virginia, California, even Puerto Rico, have made contributions in Tatiana's name, totaling more than $5,000 as of Monday morning. People have also donated blankets, beds, toys and other items for Tatiana as she recovers.

If you'd like to make a contribution, contact the Capital Area Humane Society at 517-626-6060 or log onto www.cahs-lansing.org.

Animal Control is also looking for tips in the case of young pit bull that was found beaten and dead near Dwight Rich Middle School on Friday.

A reward of $1,000 is available for tips leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Tips should be sent to 517- 676- 8376.

*picture provided by Capital Area Humane Society of Lansing*

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  • by Bev Location: Haslett on Jun 24, 2011 at 07:03 PM
    Would love a follow-up story. The last we heard about this dog they had a person of interest. Did police make an arrest? If so, hopefully they read 'This Makes Me Sick' and prosecuted the disgusting excuse for a human being as suggested 'under Michigan Penal Code 750.50b'
  • by This Makes Me Sick Location: Michigan on Jan 25, 2011 at 11:27 AM
    This is disgusting. They will find the monster that did this. This is not an act of a human being. They must be prosecuted as a felony under Michigan Penal Code 750.50b. If they get a misdemeanor then it is purely a slap on the wrist: The Code says: Malicious Animal Cruelty is defined as: "willfully, maliciously and without just cause or excuse kills, tortures, mutilates, maims, or disfigures an animal or who willfully and maliciously and without just cause or excuse administers poison to an animal, or exposes an animal to any poisonous substance." This is a Felony with a fine up to $5000 and/or imprisonment up to 4 years and/or community service for not more than 500 hours. In addition, the convicted may be required to pay for his prosecution, the cost of care of the animal victim, psychological evaluation and treatment, and may be prohibited from owning domestic animals. Exemptions are made for fishing, hunting, trapping, wildlife control, pest or rodent control, and research.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 24, 2011 at 01:31 PM
    When I first heard of this story I was sick to my stomach and was in tears. This Beautiful dog did not deserve what was done to her. You wonder why Pitt Bulls get such a bad name because it is scum like this that abuses them and trains them to fight and you wonder why they turn out mean and snap. It is not the breed it is the owner(s). I have Pitt Bulls and they are the best, Loyal dogs ever and I hope who ever did this gets more then a slap on the wrist. Their needs to be stiffer penaltys for this abuse. Their should be back ground checks and certain people should not own animals at all.
  • by Carol Location: Clark Lake on Jan 24, 2011 at 12:16 PM
    The one who did this will be punished bad I hope. Butlook at the good people who are wishing the poor dog well. Bless You All.
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Jan 24, 2011 at 10:54 AM
    Its nice to read that the public is stepping forward & helping not only w/ funds but w/ the name or names of the individuals who did this. The next best thing would be to see these people punished to the fullest & not just a slap on the hand. What a beautiful dog PIT or not she is obviously a very sweet PET & hope the next person to own her realizes what a GEM they have.
  • by Susan Location: Lansing, MI on Jan 24, 2011 at 09:48 AM
    I am very glad to hear she is improving. I hope to hear when she gets a good home. I think it is shameful for someone to think that it is "okay" to do such an appalling thing. She deserves much much better.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 24, 2011 at 09:29 AM
    When person is caught that did this to this dog.Please make sure something is done this time.Most get slap on the hand and basically learns nothing and can do crime again.Hope dog gets loving home.
  • by Pam Location: Jonesville, Michigan on Jan 24, 2011 at 09:29 AM
    My heartfelt sympathy goes out for this beautiful animal, who was put on earth for us, to be loyal and unconditionally faithful for us to enjoy as pets. For the person who was responsible for doing this to this dog, shame on you. For you will be held accountable for this someday. And soon is not soon enough.
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