In Ottawa County, Michigan, a college student from Grand Valley State University, will not be charged with animal cruelty after a photo appeared on social media of the 18-year-old holding a small dog by the tail. The photo quickly went viral on Facebook as it was shared widely; with many people accusing the young woman of animal cruelty.
According to the MliveNews, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department instituted an investigation and located the home where the early Monday morning incident occurred at the West Campus Apartments in Allendale Township. The dog involved, a five-year-old Dachshund, was examined and didn’t appear to have suffered any injuries. A veterinarian was consulted, and the dog’s tail was not injured.
Police have determined there was no animal cruelty crime. The woman has since released an apology admitting she used poor judgment, and she would never have lifted him by his tail if she thought he could be injured. She does plan to have the dog examined by her own veterinarian to make sure.
What do you think? Should the woman have been charged with animal cruelty?
(Photo of college student holding dog by the tail Facebook)
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