Heartbreaking photos posted online of a small, dead Shih Tzu found with his face and feet bound with electrical tape, have led to the arrests of two people on Wednesday, wrote Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell on his Facebook page. Based on a tip and the subsequent investigation of the tiny dog Dakota, found dead last week, Nathan Chase McCue and Jessica Brown have each been charged with felony torture and killing of an animal.
The animal cruelty investigation had been ordered by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office in Vienna Township, Michigan. That’s when Sheriff Pickell posted two photos on his Facebook page after the little dog’s body was discovered. According to the sheriff, McCue, 21, the dog’s owner and Brown, 18, the sister of McCue’s girlfriend, were angry that the dog urinated on McCue’s clothing. Both defendants have been accused of tying Dakota’s legs together, along with his head and face, using electrical tape and then stomping on the dog’s neck until he was dead.
” I would like to personally thank everyone who reached out to my office, expressed their concerns and shared my original post asking for information. That post was shared hundreds of times and seen by 50,000 people,” Sheriff Pickell wrote.
The sheriff stated the tip came from the mother of Jessica Brown, and he applauded the woman’s courage to do the right thing. The woman was concerned about others in the same household – including her own grandchildren. The torturous death of tiny Dakota is one of the most horrific animal cruelty cases the sheriff has even seen in his law enforcement career and is grateful to the community for coming together to help solve this heinous crime.
McCue and Brown are scheduled to appear in court on March 28th. If found guilty, both could face up to four years in prison. Bond has been set at $10,000 each, and both have been ordered not to have any contact with any animals.
(Photos of the dead Shih Tzu Dakota and suspect courtesy via Sheriff Pickell’s Facebook)
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