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Reward Offered in Neglected Dog Thrown from Vehicle Case in Frankenmuth

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­throwing an emaciated dog from a car in Frankenmuth Township, Michigan.

The Case: News reports give the following account: On the morning of Friday, August 14, Frankenmuth police and Saginaw County animal control officers found a dirty, white male pit bull mix dog lying in a roadside ditch near the intersection of Reimer and Baker roads in Frankenmuth Township. A veterinary examination found the dog was dehydrated and severely emaciated. Saginaw Animal Control Officer Leigh Nacy reports the dog was wearing a black nylon collar and was covered in dirt and feces when found. After receiving veterinary care, the dog has been given the name “Lucky” and is in stable condition and recovering.

The Frankenmuth Police Department stated the dog appeared to have been thrown from a moving vehicle into a ditch, and they will use every resource available to identify the suspect(s) and move forward with criminal charges.

Animal Cruelty: Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and the community in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the community. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and all manner of other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.

"It takes a truly callous person to starve and neglect a small, defenseless dog and then discard him like trash along the side of the road,” said Jill Fritz, The HSUS’ Michigan senior state director. “We are hopeful that this reward will bring forward anyone with information about this heinous crime."

The Investigators: The Frankenmuth Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Randy Flathau at 989-652-3430 ext. 161.

Resources: The HSUS Animal Cruelty Campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing a variety of resources to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families. The HSUS offers rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty.

The National Sheriffs’ Association and The HSUS recently launched ICE BlackBox, a free smartphone tool, to allow users to record video of illegal animal cruelty and share it securely with law enforcement for possible investigation and prosecution. 

The HSUS recently doubled its standard cruelty reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from an HSUS board member. To see information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, click here.  

Media Contact: Samantha Miller, 301-258-1466; smiller@humanesociety.org

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