Italian greyhounds murdered in Michigan
Andrew David Thompson, 24, was arraigned Monday in 55th District Court on 10 felony counts of animal killing, and one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty in connection with a dog that was severely neglected.
Prosecutors say the killings occurred since October 2010. At least some are alleged to have happened at his apartment in Okemos, according to the Lansing State Journal.
Thompson is being held at the Ingham County Jail on a $100,000 bond. He faces up to four years in prison on the felony charges and 93 days in jail on the misdemeanor. A preliminary hearing is set for July 7.
Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III said Thompson owned the Italian greyhounds. Dunnings would not comment on how the dogs died, and no explanation has surfaced, at least publicly, about his motivation.
Thompson’s attorney, George Zulakis, said Monday he has not seen any police reports and could not comment on the allegations.
MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine suspended Thompson on Thursday, officials said, in light of the accusations.
In a somehat bizarre written statement, a university spokesman said:
“MSU and the College of Osteopathic Medicine take these allegations very seriously. The alleged actions do not reflect the values of MSU or the ethics of the medical profession.”
Posted by jwoestendiek June 29th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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