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Felony and Misdemeanor Charges Filed in Michigan Coyote Cruelty Case

The Gogebic County prosecutor’s office filed multiple criminal charges against two Ironwood, Michigan men accused of videotaping appalling acts of cruelty against wounded coyotes. One video showed the two men instructing hunting hounds to maul a coyote already shot and wounded by one hunter. Another video allegedly showed the men deliberately hitting a coyote with their truck and allowing the wounded animal to suffer before killing it.

Jill Fritz, Michigan senior state director for The HSUS, said: “The pain and suffering that these animals were forced to endure – all for the vicious entertainment of these two men – shows the callous disregard for not only the law, but for ethical hunting, wildlife and basic decency. The HSUS is grateful the Gogebic County prosecutor’s office has charged these individuals, and hope this sends a message that animal abuse of any kind will not be tolerated in our state.”

A Michigan resident alerted The Humane Society of the United States to the videos posted on YouTube last spring, and the information was immediately relayed to the Gogebic County Prosecutor’s office and the media, leading to a formal investigation by the law enforcement division of the Department of Natural Resources.

If the case results in a conviction, The HSUS urges the prosecutor to seek a strong sentence, including jail time and loss of hunting privileges, for these senseless acts of cruelty.

For more information on hound hunting, click here.


Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson: 301-721-6463; ksanderson@humanesociety.org