Lansing Family Investigated for Animal Neglect

By: News 10
By: News 10

A Lansing family is being investigated for animal abuse and neglect for doing nothing to help a severly injured dog.

Goober was brought to Ingham County Animal Control in Mason a couple weeks ago by the son of its previous owner, who passed away. He wanted the dog put down, because of its severe neck injuries, which are too gruesome to go into detail.

Animal control opted for surgery instead... and is now investigating how the injuries happened. "I think the scariest part of this type of case is not so much what happened to the animal, but the fact that the person who allowed it to happen, doesn't see anything wrong with that--- that's the scariest part", says Ingham County Animal Control Director Jamie McAloon-Lampman.

In Michigan, it is against the law to not seek care for an injured animal.
As for 9-year-old Goober-- he's expected to fully recover--- and will be ready for adoption in a couple weeks.

His surgeries are being paid for by the Ingham County Animal Care Fund, which relies on donations to help save injured animals.

Click on the link below to make a donation to that fund.


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  • by James Location: Lansing on Apr 18, 2013 at 02:34 PM
    Name, Sue is saying she feels that these people who mutilated the dog, should also be treated in the same exact manner, as punishment. A bit extreme? Of course, but ask any dog/animal lover, and I think the majority would at least feel the same as Sue. She is far from being a sick person for simply wanting equal justice for an innocent animal that was tortured! This slap 'em on the wrist and let 'em go free society that we live in, is part of the reason why such horrific things happen to animals in the first place! So full of these sick people, torturing animals and receiving a punishment (if any) that doesn't come close to fitting the crime. With that said, I'm pretty confident that chopping off a hand or two, would likely save thousands upon thousands of innocent animals. Now if that makes me sick, so be it. I am happy being sick, if it prevents torture and saves lives of thousands of innocent animals.
  • by Name Location: Location on Apr 15, 2013 at 01:16 PM
    How anyone could abuse an animal is beyond me. Sue, you mention people are sick which I assume you are speaking in regards to animal abusers. Then, in the very next sentence, you propose mutilating human beings in the very same fashion. Indeed, people are sick.
  • by Name Location: Location on Apr 12, 2013 at 01:52 PM
    Why are the injuries too gruesome to tell us about? We're not babies who need protecting. People should know what happened to this poor dog.
  • by Lori Location: Lansing on Apr 12, 2013 at 10:18 AM
    It happens over and over again, Lori. They are given a stupid fine and maybe probation and told "Go home and be a good boy (or girl)." Offenders of this nature will repeat it again. I think they need to start facing serious jail time. Penalties should be MUCH stiffer.
  • by another Lori Location: Lansing on Apr 12, 2013 at 09:18 AM
    I'm willing to bet that absolutely no charges will be filed or, if charges do get filed, our idiot judicial system will give the offender(s) a slap on the wrist. Just look at what happened to that creep who was studying medicine at MSU and killed all of those Italian Greyhounds in a most despicable manner. Nothing. I sure would hate to be an abused animal near Lansing, Michigan.
  • by Sue Location: Location on Apr 12, 2013 at 09:12 AM
    Makes me just sick thinking about what horrors this poor dog went thru! I think they should do the same thing to the owners and then not perform surgery to save them. People are just sick!
  • by Lori Location: Lansing on Apr 12, 2013 at 04:25 AM
    I am glad they are prosecuting, but to what end? Poor Goober (and WHY did they give such a noble dog that stupid name?). Michigan's animal neglect and abuse penalties for those found guilty are so lax it's ridiculous. Until we change the law and stop listing pets/animals as "personal property," it will remain so.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 11, 2013 at 06:13 PM
    Yes, charges need to be brought against the people that allowed this to happen and then want the dog put to sleep. There are some out there that does not care and will let things like this happen all the time. If you can not afford to care for the animal then look for some help to care for needs like this instead of just letting it go like this.
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