Two arrested in sickening abuse case of dead Shih Tzu bound with tape

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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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83 replies
  1. Donna Hawkins says:

    I don’t understand how so many young people…men and women are so vicious these days! It’s disgusting!

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  2. Cynthia Johnson says:

    I just hope that the courts up hold the law of felony charges and they don’t get a slap on the wrist. A message needs to be sent to other animal abusers that you r no longer going to get away with it. I think k these two people have some serious issues and need mental help.

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    • Kathryn Creekmore says:

      I agree. I have 3 Shih Tzu Lhasa mixes, and I cannot imagine such cruelty! And over an accident! If you have animals you know they are not always perfect when it comes to going potty. And yet they love us unconditionally just to be treated like this!!

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      • Barkley's Mom says:

        It probably never occurred to these morons to let the dog out to go potty! It’s disgusting!

    • Robin says:

      I’m sorry but four years is NOT enough TIME!! That was acruel, torture!! our laws are too lenient. That is why this continues to happen to our innocent, defenseless . domestic animals.

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    • Kellie says:

      I firmly believe in “eye for eye” anyone who causes any harm to any animal should be more than locked up..I pray all these predators get the same done to them..let them know what the hell it feels like to be tortured..nothing hurts and angers me more so than this horrific nastiness!

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  3. Theresa says:

    Two pieces of fucking trash they should be fucking killed for what they did I hope somebody in jail fuck you both up

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  4. pennysdachshund says:

    I COMMEND the MOTHER for HAVING The INTEGERITY to TURN HER own daughter in for this Horrific crime Jessica and that PUKE boyfriend committed on this helpless animal!!! They NEED SERIOUS JAIL TIME NOT “Touchy Feeling Counseling “… They are BEYOND REDEMPTION !! The Sheriff and HIS department are also HERO”S for doing the job which has been pretty much ignored ACROSS this WHOLE USA dealing with ANIMAL ABUSE TORTURE DEATH OF OUR HELPLESS PETS!!!

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    • rhonda marckini says:

      I commend her also now everyone needs to worry about their children don’t think they wouldn’t do this to a child..

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  5. Leslie says:

    Tears of disgusting and horror. I’m so sorry little. Dakota Angel that you died such a horrifically violent death. All I hope is they are treated the way you were. Run free little Dakota, I’m so so sorry this happened to you.
    Rot in hell a slow agonizing tortuous life for the loser couple only the worst of all things evil to both POS.

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  6. Barkley's Mom says:

    I’m so glad they found these two monsters, and kudos for her mother turning her in! She understood if she would do this to an innocent dog than the rest of the family was in danger.

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  7. Bunny Peters says:

    RIP poor little furbaby. VERY sorry your humans were POS’s………

    I hope they both rot in hell forever and until then, suffer the worst pain and horrible life events possible…….

    I also hope they both end up in prison with animal lovers who will punish them far more effectively than our judicial system…..

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  8. Laurie Lusk says:

    Awful!!! They should have the same done to them. A poor helpless dog. I have two of the very same laying here beside me. I own three, he is having a sleep over. They are so smart. That dog knew whose clothes to pee on!!!!
    😫😢🐶❤

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  9. jenna says:

    I agree with all of you! I want someone to duct tape them and walk away so can they can feel some pain thinking that they may be left for DEAD!!!

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  10. Marissa says:

    What heartless garbage, what the hell is wrong with that generation ? The things they do are so sadistic and why ! Why hurt an innocent animal a tiny little dog. I really hope these two get the living crap beat out of them in prison.

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  11. Roselyne CORNETTE says:

    Ils devraient être condamnés à vie, se sont des parasites, des dangers pour la société. La prochaine fois, se sera un enfant. Il faut exterminer tous ces assassins.

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  12. Wendy says:

    Unless these two pieces of trash are put behind bars there’ll be no justice for that poor dog. Karma’s coming and she’s pissed. There’s a special place in hell for crap like this. RIP little angel, run wild and free over the rainbow bridge.

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  13. Michelle says:

    I’m glad she turned them in. I hope those young children didn’t witness the killing. These children need to be removed from the home.

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  14. Sarahkennaird13@hotmail.co.uk says:

    Evil sick scumbags! Don’t deserve to live if they can inflict such cruel evil acts on a tiny defenceless animal. I hope someone starts ridding this worlds of such evil beings. RIP Dakota

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  15. Mary Rodriguez says:

    This is so heartbreaking & makes me sick to even look at the photos. I pray theses individuals involved are given the maximum of punishments to prove that you will not get away with this Heynis act towards any animal. This has got to stop!

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  16. Diana Mcqueen says:

    God i pray that someday i get to meet each one of these low life disgusting things they call humans well when di something horrific as they did is no human ..how could the state evsn try them i wished to god i had the chance to run into these dead beat ass whips..

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  17. Vanessa says:

    These two POS should not be allowed to get out of jail! This poor dog was abused and killed and it is injustice! No animal should have to go through that! Give them both life sentence and let them suffer! That’s the problem give them counseling and be set free, what is wrong with the system they just commuted a murder! They should not come out regardless of there mental state! Fuck them and karma sis a bitch you both will pay for what you did!

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  18. Alicia says:

    Your both fu**ing POS eye for an eye bitches!! Your low life characters that u have to harm. Defenseless animal!!! You should be sterilized as to never have the ability to breed!! God forbid ur baby made the same mistake what the F^** would u do to the baby!! Ur worthless!! Karma will hit the two of u wastes of space!!

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  19. animalsr#1 says:

    The only justice is eye for an eye justice. I want these animal abusers to feel the pain that poor innocent Dakota felt. They are alive and not suffering, nothing like the poor innocent Dakota went through probably all her life. Animal abusers never feel the pain and suffering their victims have endured. Eye for an justice is the only justice.

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  20. Nancy Raymond says:

    If I could get my hands on Jessica Brown and Chase McCue they would get a taste of what torture is like – I may go to jail, but it would be well worth it to see both of them screaming for the mercy they’d never get – let the punishment fit the crime – there is no way any judicial system will ever give them what they really deserve – a long slow painful death.

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  21. Colleen Langlois says:

    What about the children; they should be immediately removed from those monsters & any other precious pets. Disguistig human beings; they should never get out of jail !!

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  22. Lildixiebelle says:

    My son and his then girlfriend tortured a dog…years ago. I rescued the sweet little lab and haven’t spoken to my son since. I applaud the mother for doing the right thing.

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    • andrew says:

      Way to go for saving a pup from the hands of your son and his girlfriend. Unfortunate thought it caused an estrangement. Curious that you are an animal lover and your son chose a different path.

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  23. Sylvia Thomas says:

    I only pray when these garbage of shits goes to prison someone in the cell would beat the living shit out of them and stomp their faces till you can’t reconize their ugly faces!!

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  24. Sheri says:

    Those two POS are so lucky that I am not handing out the sentence. It would be to do the same thing to them and I would feel no guilt in the punishment

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  25. Kara says:

    These sick bastards better suffer the concequenses! I’ve lost sleep reading about the disturbing actions of these two disgusting people! I hope they both rot in hell!! Four Seasons Outdoors hires pukes like him?? Wow!!! What a disgrace!!
    LOCK THEM UP AND THROW AWAY THE KEY!!!!!!

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  26. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    Those ASSHOLES need to ROT in Prison, forget the four year sentence, they need to STAY there. If they can do this, they will redirect it to a child or other person.

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  27. Bri says:

    Let them burn…. animal cruelty unchecked leads to human abuse. Giving them LOTS AND LOTS of TIME IN JAIL may save a life.

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  28. Kathy says:

    Omg im traumatized. …..I can’t believe scum like that exists. They don’t even penalize abusers the way they should. HOPE THEY BURN IN HELL!!!!!!!!!!

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  29. Jill kurth says:

    Pray that they are sentenced to long jail time for vicious abuse of this defenseless little dog! So much evil in this world!! Actually direct sentence to hell would be my first choice!

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  30. Melisa Bale says:

    Please prosecute to the fullest extent of the LAW + if all it takes to kill, is pee on their clothes, what happens if a child breaks something of their’s ?

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  31. Jenn says:

    Being ordered to not have any contact with animals?! How about placing them on a national animal abusers registry, one that comes up when they try to get a job, get an apartment or mortgage, etc. Make their lives miserable. What pathetic individuals.

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  32. JusticeWillBeServed says:

    Dakota was a sweet and innocent dog as I knew her personally. The whole family are a bunch of white trash psychos. Too much credit is given to the mother as she is a schizophrenic and could give 2 shits about anyone else than herself, little lone her own daughters. She is the devil and not a saint as Jessica is following in her footsteps. And for the record, her grandchild was taken away by social services for neglect, before this happened.

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    • pennysdachshund says:

      Wow! that piece of information is quite eye opening!!! Mom must of Thought she was going to get a reward or something for turning them in!! Sick family indeed… It is so very sad someone didn’t take the poor little dog Dakota or report it to the local shelter in time to save her from a LIFE and Death of PURE HELL!!!

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  33. Evelyn Ball says:

    They need to die the same way. So sick and tired of worthless human shit that abuse/kill and have no respect for any form of life. As far as I am concerned the dogs life is more important than those two pathetic human lives.

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  34. Cheryl Fontaine says:

    Four years is it? Not long enough – now prayers will be required that they are placed in populations that also house dog lovers. These are psychopaths – they belong behind permanently locked doors. Or buried.

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  35. Theresa Gosch says:

    I sure hope Four Seasons Outdoors has fired this Prick! They both need to be 10ft under rotting with the maggots!! People near where these 2 maggots live should get some Street Justice on these 2

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  36. Joanne says:

    😭😩😢😤😡😫😖😡😧😢😡😤😫😭😢 HEARTBREAKING, HORRIFIC, DESPICABLE, DISGUSTING, DISTRUBING!!! This poor little innocent pup suffered agonizing pain, horrific abuse, excruciating torture, cruel terror, profound fear, and a horrible death! My heart bleeds for how sweet Dakota suffered extreme despicable abuse. The cruel EVIL MONSTERS that inflicted despicable mistreatment and murdered this poor helpless little pup MUST be severely punished and prosecuted to the maximum extent! Throw those disgusting dangerous scumbags in prison and throw away the key!!! We must be the voice for this helpless, innocent pup named Dakota that suffered agonizing pain and a horrific death! Dakota, I’m praying for your deserved justice and those despicable, heartless, soulless EVIL MONSTERS are severely punished! Angel Dakota, Rest in Sweet Heavenly Peace, you are now in the tender loving care of Jesus. Play with the Angels in Heaven’s soft fluffy clouds. Angel Dakota, you are loved and you will not be forgotten. RIP Precious Baby ❤️💜💚💙🌈😇🐶😇🌈💙💚💜❤️

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