Detroit police, Humane Society probe slamming death of puppy on west side
Detroit police say they are continuing to investigate the shooting of a coney island patron and the death of his 9-week-old puppy during a robbery Monday on Detroit’s west side.
In addition, the Michigan Humane Society is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for killing the puppy.
The incident happened Monday morning when the robbery victim, Sean Harris, with his Shi Tzu puppy, went to Onasis Coney Island at Tireman and Livernois, officials said. Harris was robbed and shot in the leg, officials said. One of the two male suspects grabbed the puppy from Harris’ car and slammed it to the ground, killing it. The incident was captured on surveillance video at the coney island.
“It’s heartbreaking,” said Ryan McTigue, spokesman for the Michigan Humane Society. “It’s so senseless. It’s hard to believe someone would do something like that.”
Joann Dixon, founder of Providing for Paws in Metro Detroit, which takes in strays and injured dogs, said she was saddened to learn of the violent incident involving the puppy.
“That person needs to be found and put away,” she said. “A 9-week-old puppy does nothing to deserve that.”
In another local case, Jasper, a pointer chocolate Labrador mix, is doing well as he recovers from a suspected chemical burn, Dixon said.
“He’s healing really well,” she said. “He still has a little bit more healing to do. He’s happier.”
The Oakland County Animal Control is investigating. Jasper was burned on more than 60 percent of his body.
Jasper’s owner turned to Providing for Paws earlier this summer for help in treating a case of mange, which is a skin disease caused by parasitic mites, Dixon said. Veterinarians at Emergency Veterinary Hospital in Ann Arbor then discovered the burns, which may have been caused by the owner trying to do a homemade mange treatment, Dixon said.
“We see people try to treat (mange) with motor oil, bleach baths,” she said. “I can’t say for sure if it was intentional or not. This is one of the reasons we offer these services to these people. We don’t want them to harm their pets by trying to treat them.”
The organization has raised $12,000, which likely will cover all of Jasper’s medical expenses, Dixon said.