Ingham County Animal Shelter Investigates Abuse

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

When a female pitbull was dropped off at the Ingham County Animal Shelter Wednesday, employees could barely believe their eyes.

"She was emaciated, she had hair loss, what looked like wrinkles all over her body, just in horrible condition," Jamie McAloon-Lampman, the shelter director, said. "Plus, the dog was in an extreme amount of pain."

Lampman said she's never seen neglect like this before, an easily treatable skin condition caused the dog to lose its hair, her nails were so long, she couldn't walk.

"Based on the condition of this animal, it had been neglected for months, if not over a year," she said.

The person who dropped off the dog claimed they found the dog; the shelter has been investigating ever since.

The animal control officers came here to Lenawee Street downtown, but didn't get much information, that's when they offered a reward.

"Volunteers left fliers on the doors of the entire neighborhood," McAloon-Lampman said.

Neighbor Michael Benson knows the dog in question, he's seen her on occasion, and it broke his heart every time.

"It was a very sad sight, very sad sight," Benson said. "It was unkempt, it was sick, it was like the walking dead."

Thanks to similar information from witnesses, the shelter believes they have a strong leads on who the owners are.

"We will continue to take statements, then we'll prepare a warrant and present it to the prosecutor's office."

As for the dog, who employees named Liza, her condition worsened and was in so much pain, the decision was made to euthanize her Friday morning.

"This dog died with people who loved and cared for her and it was pain-free," McAloon-Lampman said.

The moral of the story, she said, is for anyone who sees an animal being neglected, to please call the Ingham County Animal Shelter. The anonymous tip line number is: 517-676-8376.

For pet owners who can't care for their pets, you can drop them off at the shelter for care.

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  • by Sans on Dec 13, 2010 at 01:11 PM
    What kind of a slime does this to anything alive? I am not a person who wishes others dead, but for this garbage to be walking around and this poor animal did nothing to deserve what it received, I wish this piece of s--- was dead. I hope if anyone knows who this person is, and they ever see them with another animal that they call the police and turn them in.
  • by Valgus Location: Michigan on Dec 12, 2010 at 10:25 AM
    This dog could have been injured by falling down stairs, hit by car, or some other type accident and not necessarily from abuse, cruelty ot torture. Injuries to the neck can be very painful, causing extreme pain reactions, vocalizations, when moved. Euthanasia is not always the only option.
  • by Valgus Location: Michigan on Dec 12, 2010 at 10:17 AM
    This dog looks as if it has a spinal cord injury. The hyper extended front legs, flaccid retracted hind legs and extended neck with head rotated down toward the table. I am wondering if this dog was examined by a veterinarian to see if pain medicines and reasonable treatment were feasible, besides euthanasia. The dog may have been injured and unable to eat or drink or move properly for too long a time. Obviously, the dog had not received prior effective (if any) treatment.
  • by Casey on Dec 11, 2010 at 09:19 PM
    This made it as a story? And when a bag full of babies is found in the garbage people just say, "Well, its legal." What has happened to people where they are outraged when an animal is hurt, but not people, or even children?? Its sickening.
  • by Kevin on Dec 11, 2010 at 08:10 PM
    The punishment for this kind of crime needs to be ten times worse than it is right now. Its only like a fine and probation. I am sick of seeing these kind of storys.:(
  • by Valgus Location: Oxter, MI on Dec 11, 2010 at 07:04 AM
    What a shame! The hyper extended front legs,retracted hind legs, extended neck with rotated head and extreme pain response, makes me suspect a spinal chord injury. Was the dog examined by a veterinarian to see if pain meds and if there were any reasonable treatment options besides euthanasia?
  • by Maggie Location: Holt on Dec 11, 2010 at 06:43 AM
    This is so sad and preventable. If you have seen a dog in this condition, wondering your neighborhood. Call immediately. Don't wait until a camera is stuck in your face!
  • by Fred Jones iii Location: Lansing on Dec 11, 2010 at 06:31 AM
    The moral of the story, she said, is for anyone who sees an animal being neglected, to please call the Ingham County Animal Shelter. The anonymous tip line number is: 517-676-8376. This sentence of the story is especially directed at those who "saw the animal ocassionally" and who had "broken hearts" but didn't do anything about it.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 11, 2010 at 05:13 AM
    I hope that the owners of this animal are brought to justice and given the harshest penelty that could be given by the justice system. People who stood by, and watched this dog deteriorate are just as guilty. shame on all of you.......what goes around, comes around.
  • by Dianne on Dec 10, 2010 at 06:47 PM
    This is SO WRONG! I pray that they do find the people responsible and the prosecutor will proceed with the hardest charges available.
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