Huron Township veterinarian charged in dog's heat death

A 62-year-old veterinarian from Huron Township was charged Friday with leaving his own dog in a heated car, causing the animal's death, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office announced Friday.

Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged Dr. Martin P. McLaughlin in connection with the July 5 death of his 3-year-old male Labrador Retriever. McLaughlin went into his home in the 30500 block of Sibley Road in Huron Township and allegedly left his dog inside his car overnight in extreme heat.

 McLaughlin allegedly discovered the lifeless body of the dog inside his car. Huron Township Police investigated the case and requested a warrant against McLaughlin from the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

McLaughlin was charged with one count of abandonment/cruelty to an animal resulting in death, a one-year misdemeanor and one count of abandonment/cruelty to an animal, a 93-day misdemeanor.

McLaughlin is expected to turn himself to authorities to be arraigned Oct. 24 in 34th District Court in Romulus.

In April 2010, McLaughlin pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six years in jail for shooting up the vehicle of an associate seven months earlier at an airstrip in Huron Count after the two men had an argument. The veterinarian pleaded guilty to a charge of malicious destruction of property.

In 2004, McLaughlin pleaded guilty to abandonment/cruelty to animals in a 2003 case in Wayne County and also with assaulting, resisting and obstructing a police officer.  He was sentenced to a year probation in that case.

Efforts to reach McLaughlin Friday for comment were unsuccessful.

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