Animal cruelty charges sought in dog dragging incident

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

An injured mastiff-mix puppy is receiving medical care from the Michigan Humane Society after a man dragged the 3-month-old puppy down the street on Detroit’s west side because it wouldn’t walk on a leash.

The puppy, a mastiff mix, had severe abrasions from the dragging, MHS Cruelty Investigation Department investigators said.

The MHS investigators said it was pursuing animal cruelty charges against the man who dragged the brindle-colored puppy by his leash July 15 near Eight Mile Road and Berg.

The man said he was dragging the dog because it wasn’t responding during their walk.

“Given that this was an intentional act that could have easily been prevented, we will be submitting charges to the Wayne County prosecutor,” said Elise Ramsey, MHS cruelty investigator Tuesday. “The puppy had severe abrasions under his belly, on all four legs and even on his shoulders and face.”

When investigators arrived, the puppy was lethargic, scared and not interested in drinking or eating, Ramsey said.

The owner surrendered the puppy. The puppy was given the name Elmer and taken to MHS Mackey Center for Animal Care in Detroit.

“Elmer is just a puppy and didn’t know yet how to properly walk on a leash,” said Dave McLeod, MHS Cruelty Investigator. “This type of abuse is not acceptable anywhere.”

Elmer will be available for adoption once he has healed, officials said.

Anyone who witnesses animal cruelty in Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park can call the MHS cruelty line at (313) 872-3401.