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.
“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.