In Utica, Michigan, a maintenance crew found a missing dog named Sterling in a park on Tuesday where he had been tortured and killed less than one month after he had been adopted from the Michigan Humane Society.
According to the Michigan Humane Society, Detective Sgt. Greg Morabito of the Utica Police Department, stated the dog was found at Grant Park on January 24. Police determined three-year-old Sterling had been abused, however no details of the dog’s death have been revealed.
Sterling was identified through his microchip, and police were able to contact his owner. The dog had gone missing one day prior, and police are investigating as to the dog may have been stolen. The owner is not a suspect.
“It was tortuous”, Elise Ramsey, from the rescue organization, said of the way Sterling died. “It’s definitely something no one should have to see and [something] that a dog should never have to go through.”
At a news conference with the Michigan Humane Society, staff members and volunteers had all watched Sterling grow up from birth as part of a litter they had rescued. Sterling had been adopted in December.
“Last week Sterling was found in a Utica park, the victim of terrible abuse that resulted in his death. He was adopted from MHS in 2018, and had been living a happy life with his new family ever since. Sterling went missing the day before he was found by police.MHS is working with the Utica, Michigan Police Department and Crime Stoppers of Michigan to find the person(s) responsible for the death of this beautiful dog. It is our hope that someone out there saw something and will choose to report it. Additional information on the crime can be found with our friends at WXYZ-TV Channel 7 and FOX 2 Detroit.You can report tips anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAKUP or online at www.1800speakup.org. Tips can also be given to the Utica PD at (586) 731-2345 or the MHS at (313) 872-3401.Our team mourns the loss of this sweet boy.”
The police have been questioning a person of interest, but need help from the public from anyone who might have witnessed what happened near Van Dyke Avenue and Hall Road near Grant Park. So far the reward is up to $3,500. Help Sterling find some justice.
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