Two suspects have been arrested in another heartbreaking case of animal cruelty in Genesee County, Michigan. Admitting this was one of the worst cases of animal abuse starvation he had ever seen, Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell posted photos of the two dogs that had been surrendered to the local humane society early this week.
Sheriff Pickell turned to Facebook to discuss some of the details after an investigation of the home located on the 5000 block of Alpha Way in Flint revealed the dogs had been kept in the basement which was strewn with trash, urine and feces from the starving and emaciated animals.
“During our investigation, it was revealed that the individual who lived in the home was struggling with Heroin addiction, and the dogs would go for weeks at a time without food. Her live in boyfriend would apparently from time to time feed the dogs by throwing pizza into the basement.”
The sheriff continued:
“It was also discovered that a third dog had died in the home due to the same starvation issue. The surviving two dogs then began eating the deceased animal, in their only means of nourishment. It was revealed the suspect knew this was occurring, but did not intervene due to her drug addiction.”
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has arraigned Jennifer Koos and Martell Dyke in the investigation. Pickell said both Koos and Dyke have been charged with one count of animal killing/torturing each. If found guilty, both could face the maximum of four years in prison.
“I would like to thank the detectives in my office for their dedication to this case, and Prosecutor David Leyton for his efficient and expeditious handling of the charges,” Pickell wrote. “My hope is this case will be a warning to others, that our County takes animal cruelty issues seriously, and will take action against those who abuse these pets.”
Sheriff Pickell said the Genesee County Humane Society had to euthanize the six-month-old puppy because of his condition. Rest in peace little one.
(Photos of dogs abuse starvation courtesy of Sheriff Pickell)
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