In Warren, Michigan, cruelty charges were filed on Wednesday against a man accused of power washing his two German shepherds at the Wash Stop car wash. The 49-year-old man has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty for using a high pressure wand on the two dogs.
Car wash owner, Nicole Gatto Ross was horrified by what she witnessed and immediately called the police, describing the soap had covered the dogs from head to tail including their eyes. The soap contains chemicals that is meant to get “bugs and gunk” off cars while the temperature of the water can exceed 110 degrees with a pressure of 1,200 PSI.
When police arrived, the two dogs were covered in the soap, and a security video showed the man had used the high powered wand on both dogs to rinse them. The owner of the dogs indicated both dogs had been covered in feces that had become matted in their coats. A subsequent veterinary examination revealed the dogs had not suffered any serious injuries.
According to the MacombDaily Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer stated the dog owner is very remorseful and has volunteered to give the dogs to a new owner he wants to choose. His name has not been made public pending a court arraignment. If found guilty of both charges, the suspect could be sentenced to 90 days in jail, $500 fine or both.
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(Photo of dogs being power washed at car wash via Facebook Nicole Gatto Rose)
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