Raccoon-Killer Dog In Jackson County Getting National Attention

By: Nick Blaskowski Email
By: Nick Blaskowski Email

The Jackson county man who faces criminal charges for having his dog kill a raccoon is now getting national attention.
Not only is the story of Seth Foster's case the talk on blogs and social networks, it also caused a host to rant about the case on CNN'S Prime News program.
A video of Vinnie Politan blowing up about the charges appears on a CNN Facebook page.
The host likened the animal cruelty charges to someone being charged for swatting flies.
The story is also featured on a popular national blog called The Drudge Report.
Foster is scheduled to appear in Jackson County District Court on February 25th.


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  • by D Location: Charlotte on Feb 22, 2011 at 07:51 AM
    If I hear one more idiot quote that stupid theory about how animal crulety leads to human crulety/killers I'm going to scream. Did you look up the study..how was it conducted? Who did they interview? How do you know that the study was worth the paper it was printed on. If you interviewed a 100 convicted murderers then yeah, if they don't care about humans why would they care about vermin like a raccoon? That doesn't mean that every one that kills a raccon will kill a person. People are so stupid...get a grip and think about what you are saying. So if you ever shoplifted something as a child you will grow up to be a thief? Quit believeing everything your hear just because you like the way the media spins it.
  • by Jason Location: Lansing on Feb 16, 2011 at 07:19 AM
    good news that the gentle and wise people of Michigan and around the nation support the prosecution of this unfortunate case - clearly all agree that those who start off with animal torture, irrespective of species, frequently progress to human torture/murder - when the Columbines, Tuscons etc of the nation happen, horrified people demand to know why the perps weren't identified and stopped - that's exactly what Jackson County is courageously doing - I'll be in court on the 25 to cheer on the prosecution - will you?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2011 at 09:27 AM
    This shows you how absurd that the charges are. Of course, the cit-pat has had out for the community of spring arbor for years. All of the articles showing that the community is filled with nuts and weirdos and the people who turn the other cheek. They lost major circulation numbers the last time they tried to shine a negative light on that community.
  • by dave Location: mid mich on Feb 14, 2011 at 08:18 AM
    Anonymous, you are a "fly" as they eat trash and bother people!!! you talk like an animal, tree hugger but fail to understand, how life works! For every coon thats killed by dog or car, 900 are born to take it's place. Do you know the word Varmint! when over population of coons explode, we will just send them to your house to take care of ! or they can take care of you!!!!hopefully.....
  • by Jen Location: Williamston on Feb 14, 2011 at 08:15 AM
    For those who keep spouting "My cat killed a mouse! Should I be prosecuted now?"; rodents are not considered wildlife in the way an animal such as a racoon is. It's been said previously that there are very different laws governing the handling of a typical household rodent versus other wildlife such as raccoons, rabbits, etc. If you really read why they are charging the man, it doesn't have to do simply with the eventual death of the animal, but how it was handled. This is not me stating my opinion on this, I'm simply pointing out the facts as I know them for clarification to some who seem rather light on facts here. There is video evidence where the man is heard telling his dog to "tear it apart", and the issue here is that animals such as dogs are allowed to track and retrieve animals of this type but are not allowed to kill them (I know, trying to control a dog's natural behavior - not easy, but it is the law) and I'm sure, most especially, not while being encouraged by their owner.
  • by dave Location: mid mich. on Feb 14, 2011 at 08:07 AM
    I am glad to see everyone is on the same page with this story.But the two idiots,the prosecutor and the anonymous commenter.Oh don't forget the stupid neighbor that taped it. And started this mess! What year do we live in now?2011.And more now than ever we hear ,As the saying goes "There's no more common sense any more!". Does'nt Jackson have tons of drug and theft felons on a daily basis to prosecute? Wasting tax dollars,What a moron!! Fire this guy!! ( Where is Ted Nuggent?) Oh! I killed a bird that flew in front of my car last week, Got stuck in my grill, I did not report it to the DNR of Mich. Am i going to court, jail , fines ??? What's next!!!! As larry the cable guy SAYS" yOU CAN'T FIX STUPID".... P.S. I love animals! And yes higher on the food chain than these other supposed humans...
  • by Mary Anne Location: Jackson on Feb 14, 2011 at 06:34 AM
    I've been following this story on WILX.com since it first started. This current article led me to the Drudge Report, which then in turn led me to the story that was filed in the Jackson Citizen Patriot. I can tell you there is quite a bit of bias on the part of WILX's reporting! If you want to read a fair story, go the Jackson paper and read their version. You can tell how WILX has become part of the liberal-slanted media by the difference in reports.
  • by Candy Location: Jonesville on Feb 14, 2011 at 05:54 AM
    My French Bulldog killed a rabbit, what a senseless murderer. My other dog has killed opposums, raccoons and woodchucks, how many counts of animal murder would she be up for. GET A LIFE!!
  • by James Location: Lansing on Feb 14, 2011 at 05:48 AM
    You know who should really go to jail? The wacko nut jobs that actually feed these disgusting, disease carrying animals.
  • by joseph on Feb 13, 2011 at 04:44 PM
    It is impossible a jury could be found where all jurors agree these men are guilty of this preposterous charge. These charges need to be dropped before more money is wasted on senseless trial.
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