Resident cited after large dogs blamed for killing cat

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published June 20, 2015

 Dexter the cat was reportedly killed by dogs June 12, according to Sterling Heights police.

Dexter the cat was reportedly killed by dogs June 12, according to Sterling Heights police.

Photo provided by Fadia Rizk

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STERLING HEIGHTS — A pack of large dogs reportedly went on the loose in a Sterling Heights neighborhood June 12, allegedly trapping a man on top of his vehicle and killing a cat.

According to Sterling Heights Police Chief Michael Reese, five Cane Corsos were reportedly discovered roaming on their own. Multiple dogs were spotted at 4:45 p.m. in the 2700 block of Bainbridge Drive. Reese said the dogs are not in the pit bull family but are very large.

Reese said the dogs somehow bypassed a gate and escaped from their property on Logan Drive, which is located near Dequindre Road between 16 Mile and 17 Mile roads. Then the dogs reportedly started some mayhem, according to police.

“They got loose from their yard and went over, attacked a woman’s cat,” Reese said. “The dogs killed the cat, and ... they chased an individual on his driveway. He had to get on top of his car.”

Police said the man, who was reportedly trapped before the cat was killed, suffered no injuries.

Sterling Heights resident Beverly Trompeter said she and her husband spotted four dogs, and the couple called 911. At one point, she said, her husband shot a gun into the ground to distract the dogs so that he and some neighbors could escape into a garage.

“I told him, ‘You’re my Clint Eastwood of the day,’” she said.

Trompeter expressed concern over the amount of time it took for an armed officer to arrive at the scene, though she credited God with protecting the community and the fact that no children were harmed. She described the sight of the dogs attacking the cat.

“It was like National Geographic on the front lawn,” she said.

Reese said Sterling Heights animal control arrived and took custody of the dogs, which have been transported to an animal shelter. Police found the dogs’ 24-year-old owner, who reportedly helped police retrieve the animals. She was reportedly issued multiple tickets.


Reese said the 11 violations include five counts of dangerous animals, five counts of not retaining animals and one count dealing with the number of animals permitted, which in Sterling Heights is a maximum of four animals.

“We’ll prosecute her to the fullest extent,” the police chief said.

According to the American Kennel Club’s website, a Cane Corso may weigh more than 100 pounds. The website calls the breed “a dog not to be trifled with” and “a dominant guardian breed that requires an assertive, confident owner.”

Anyone who has more information is encouraged to call the Sterling Heights Police Department at (586) 446-2800. Find out more about the American Kennel Club by visiting www.akc.org.

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