Earlier this week, a Hamtramck, Michigan man was charged with amputating his dog’s rear leg after his pup became injured in a fight and the owner was not able to afford the surgery at a veterinarian hospital.
According to the MI Headlines, Charles Wofford, 50, was arrested and arraigned on Monday. He was charged with felony animal torture and a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty. The Michigan Humane Society stated the heartless deed occurred on April 25, when Wofford used a garden shears and a steak knife to amputate his seven-year-old Labrador retriever’s leg. Concerned citizens notified the Michigan Humane Society.
At the time, a spokesperson for the organization would not release details because of the ongoing investigation, but that the tools used in amputating the dog’s leg were recovered as evidence. CEO Matthew Pepper stated it was the “most horrific act” he had seen in his 20 years in animal welfare.
Wofford repeatedly told authorities he was not able to afford veterinarian care and insisted the dog felt no pain after cutting off the part of the dog’s leg that had been gangrene.
The MHS performed more surgery on the dog, and after a month placed him with a new family; his new name was Mackinac. During that time, the dog’s behavior worsened forcing the adoptive family to send him back to the rescue where he had been showing signs of extreme stress – barking, trying to bite and baring his teeth. On August 4, the dog was humanely euthanized.
Wofford is scheduled to undergo a probable cause conference on November 8.
Rest in peace Mackinac.
An incredible transformation