Hamtramck man charged in dog's leg amputation

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

A Hamtramck man has been charged with killing an animal and animal cruelty over allegedly amputating a dog's leg at home, officials said.

Charles Stephen Wofford, 50, has been formally charged in the 31st District Court in Hamtrack with the two crimes, according to court records. A judge ordered Wofford to be held on a $5,000 bond and scheduled his next court appearance for Nov. 11.

If convicted, the killing/torture of an animal charge, a felony, carries a punishment of up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. The cruelty to an animal charge is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail.


Wofford is accused of amputating the right rear leg of his 7-year-old Labrador Retriever at his home in April, Michigan Humane Society officials said. He allegedly used garden shears, a steak knife and toothache medicine, they said.

A concerned citizen called the Humane Society, which sent their animal cruelty investigators to Wofford's home and removed the dog.

The dog had to undergo surgery to remove the remaining part of the leg, officials said.

After a month of recovery, the dog was renamed Mackinac and placed with a family, according to the Michigan Humane Society.

However, the dog's behavior became a problem and Mackinac became a danger to himself and others. The Humane Society was forced to euthanize Mackinac on Aug. 4.

On Monday, Hamtramck police arrested Wofford in connection with the crime.


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