Saginaw man charged with felony animal cruelty after toddler kept dead puppy as toy

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Anthony J. Kesemeyer, 37, was arraigned on June 25, in Saginaw County District Court on one count of cruelty to four to 10 animals. The charge is a felony punishable by a fine, community service and/or up to two years in prison.

Late last year, Saginaw police responded to a domestic disturbance at Kesemeyer’s home and found a dead puppy being carried by a small child as if it was a toy. With the assistance from the Saginaw County Animal Care & Control director Bonnie Kanicki,  two adult Chihuahua dogs, one puppy, more than 30 fish, a turtle, and a hamster were seized.

According to MLive, the animals were not being cared for and living in deplorable conditions.

“There was a deceased dog that a young child — approximately 3 to 4 years old — was carrying around by one leg as though it was some kind of stuffed animal toy,” Kanicki said. “It was upsetting for all of the officers to see that. The officers at the scene also engaged the assistance of Child Protective Services…”

The judge released Kessemeyer on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond. He also surrendered all of the animals to the county. They have since been rehomed.

Kesemeyer is scheduled to appear for a court hearing on the animal cruelty charge  on July 7.


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  1. Diana Rowell says:

    People are DONE with LAX law enforcement when it comes to VILE THUGS being ALLOWED to MAIM, STARVE, RAPE, BEAT, TORTURE, and CAUSE SLOW DEATHS of innocent animals. Mark my words: I’ve done a massive info campaign to alert people that the CONSTITUTION gives EVERY American the RIGHT to stop ANY person from physically TORTURING ANY living being with an imminent threat of death. That means that if I see YOU abusing YOUR dog or another person, I can by LAW knock YOU over the head with a baseball ball bat as many times as necessary to STOP YOUR ATTACK. Wise up or pay the consequences. THIS IS OUR country and WE ARE GOING TO TAKE IT BACK from the likes of LAW ENFORCEMENT thugs/criminal thugs and evangelical/GOP Nazi’s freaks. PERIOD!


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