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Eastpointe mother, daughter charged with animal cruelty of 'found' dog

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Eastpointe — A mother-daughter pair from Eastpointe faces animal cruelty charges related to the alleged mistreatment of a dog initially reported to be "found" along the road, the Macomb County prosecutor announced Tuesday.

On Sept. 4, Eastpointe Animal Control was contacted by a woman named Deja Dodd. 

Deja Dodd

Dodd told them she "found a stray dog" on Gratiot. The dog, Eastpointe police say, was "emaciated, covered in fleas," and couldn't get into the animal control vehicle without help.

Eastpointe police say this dog was not "found," but belonged to a mother-daughter pair now facing criminal charges for its condition.

But "upon further investigation," authorities came to believe the dog wasn't a stray. Instead, they found the dog had allegedly been at Dodd's mother's home for months.

Eastpointe police and animal control said the home of the woman, Victoria Johnson,"smelt strongly of urine and feces" and lacked accessible water.

Victoria Johnson

Prosecutor Eric Smith has charged Dodd with animal cruelty and false report of a felony, which are misdemeanors, and Johnson with animal killing/torturing, a felony.

Both suspects' pretrial hearings are set for Oct. 2 at Eastpointe's 38th District Court. Johnson is also scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 16 on a nuisance charge, court records show.