Humane Society seeks charges for owner who amputated dog's leg
The Michigan Humane Society is investigating in a case involving the amputation of a dog's right rear leg.
The society's cruelty investigators seized the an adult black Labrador Retriever, whose right rear leg was amputated using garden shears and a kitchen knife, officials said.
The amputation occurred sometime before noon Wednesday in the area of Holbrook Avenue and Conant Street in Hamtramck. Investigators are working with law enforcement and prosecutors to determine charges against the owner.
A man who identified himself as the owner told WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) Thursday evening that he used a steak knife to remove the leg when his dog contracted gangrene after a fight with other dogs. He said he couldn't afford a veterinary bill.
"I did it for the well being of my animal," he told WXYZ. "I don't want to go to jail. I would ask the public to forgive me for what I've done and try to understand that I love my dog and I was trying to do it in the best welfare of my animal."
He said he used dental numbing cream on the dog's leg before removing the leg and that the dog was "relieved" afterward.
The Humane Society said the gangrene "is from the dog owner’s neglect of a previous injury or ailment, or so we believe."
The dog, named Blackie, is being treated at the shelter.
“This is an act of horrific cruelty. The suffering inflicted on this dog is unimaginable,” said Matthew Pepper, president and CEO of the Michigan Humane Society. “It’s hard to fathom what motivates an individual to do something like this. What we do know is the Michigan Humane Society is here as a resource to support the families of Metro Detroit and their pets.”
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