New charges emerge in Italian greyhound case, but few new details made public
Andrew Thompson, a Michigan State University medical student charged with killing 10 dogs, now faces three more charges.
The new charges also pertain to killing dogs, bringing to 13 — or 14, by some other media accounts — the number of canines the student is alleged to have killed in his apartment, WILX reported.
The 10 dogs he was initially accused of killing were all Italian greyhounds.
Few details have emerged about the case.
Investigators say Thompson had been bringing the dogs to his apartment over the past nine months, where the crimes were committed. A concerned neighbor, who saw the dogs arrive but never saw them again, tipped off authorities.
Thompson was suspended from school on June 23. He’s currently being held on $100,000 bond.
In our post on the killings yesterday, we remarked the official statement the university released about the case seemed a little odd, specifically this part: “The alleged actions do not reflect the values of MSU or the ethics of the medical profession.”
We’ve gotten more comments disputing whether that’s odd than we have comments of concern about the murdered dogs, or about the scant few facts of the case that have been made public.
While the medical and veterinary schools at MSU haven’t exactly led the way in using alternatives to live dogs in their teaching and research — it was just last year that the vet school stopped using “terminal surgery labs,” in which live dogs are killed after being used to practice surgery — we’re not saying there is any connection between the ex-student’s alleged acts and the school.
But we will say this: Police and prosecutors owe the public some information about what’s going on.
Posted by jwoestendiek June 30th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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