Caught on video: Couple arrested in horrible animal abuse

In Genesee County, Michigan, a man and a woman were arrested on Tuesday, after a video from a concerned citizen of horrible animal abuse was turned over to authorities.

According to the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Robert Pickell stated two suspects were caught on camera in Flint abusing a small dog. Shantae Jones, 41, and Sierra Wright, 31, have been charged with animal abuse and cruelty.

“A concerned citizen contacted our office, identifying suspected animal abuse occurring in the City of Flint. My deputies responded and viewed a video tape showing an individual violently grabbing a small Jack Russell Terrier by the tail, and slamming the dog into the side of a house multiple times. The witness also stated a second person had abused the same dog,” Sheriff Pickell wrote on his Facebook page.

When deputies arrived at the home, they found the lifeless body of a Jack Russell terrier left in a vacant lot next to the home. The dog is believed to have been the same dog as seen in the heartbreaking video. A necropsy determined the dog bled to death as the result of damage to his liver.

As deputies made contact with the second person, he tried to flee, but was captured after a short pursuit.

Two more dogs were found and removed from the home. Both are receiving care and medical treatment and will be made available for adoption.

 “The citizen who came forward saved the lives of these dogs…these are the types of people who should be commended and their actions emulated,” Sheriff Pickell wrote. “If you see something suspicious, please report it to authorities. Residents and law enforcement alike, working as a team, is the pathway to stopping this type of abuse from happening to another animal.

I would like to thank the Genesee County Humane Society for their assistance with this case. The suspects in question have been charged with multiple felonies and misdemeanors. If convicted, each could serve multiple years behind bars.”

Both suspects are being held in lieu of a $25,000 bond and are expected to arraigned Wednesday afternoon.

A portion of the video is available here at this link. Please be advised, it is graphic and heartbreaking. Scroll down on the Sheriff’s page to view.

If convicted, the suspects could be sentenced to four years in prison.

Rest in peace little one. You did not deserve such despicable treatment. We can only hope you find justice.

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