Utica police arrest woman seen repeatedly throwing dog into river

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published January 26, 2021

 A woman in Utica is facing an animal torture charge after a puppy, named Lux, suffered numerous injuries including a broken leg and fractured skull.

A woman in Utica is facing an animal torture charge after a puppy, named Lux, suffered numerous injuries including a broken leg and fractured skull.

Photo provided by Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office

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UTICA — A woman in Utica is facing an animal torture charge after allegedly throwing a small dog into the Clinton River repeatedly, causing it trauma Jan. 4.

In his first week as Macomb County’s prosecutor, Pete Lucido authorized charges against two separate individuals in cases involving dogs — one in Warren and one in Utica.

On Jan. 4, the Utica Police Department responded to a call reporting that a woman allegedly was throwing a dog into the Clinton River multiple times. Utica police found a woman holding a small, 6-month-old wet dog that appeared to have suffered some trauma.

The puppy, named Lux, suffered numerous injuries including a broken leg and a fractured skull. The puppy had also allegedly previously endured other injuries including a broken front leg.

The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office authorized one count of animal torture in the third degree, a four-year felony, against this suspect.

Utica Police Detective Greg Morabito said that, since the incident in Utica, the dog has been treated and is safe in a new home.

“All I can say is the dog is in a good home and the incident was very sad. The dog has been removed from the owner’s home and is at a safe place. The dog has been treated for some injuries and is adjusting nicely to his new home,” he said.

In the separate incident, on New Year’s Day, a Warren woman had food delivered to her home. Following the delivery, the woman was heartbroken to discover that her new puppy, Bella, had been stolen. The woman reported the crime to Warren police.  

“I want to commend the swift action taken by the Warren Police Department to view the video, make contact with the suspect and recover Bella in good health,” Lucido said in a prepared statement.

The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office has authorized one count of larceny in a building, a four-year felony, on this suspect.

Lucido said he knew animal abuse was a serious problem in southeast Michigan, and as a state senator, he fought to strengthen penalties on those who abuse animals.

Since then, Lucido has become the county prosecutor and said he will continue to focus on the problem.

“We must speak up for our family members without a voice. My office will do our best to ensure that justice is served,” he said.

The Michigan Legislature a few years ago passed bills that increased the penalties associated with the abuse of animals, and those bills were signed into law at the end of 2018. The new regulations went into effect for all crimes committed after March 28, 2019. The maximum penalty for killing or torturing an animal increased from four to 10 years in prison.

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