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Old 03-31-2009, 04:45 PM   #1
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Default [News] Michigan man charged with wringing Yorkie puppy's neck

Clinton Twp. man charged with wringing puppy's neck | Freep.com | Detroit Free Press

Clinton Twp. man charged with wringing puppy's neck

BY CHRISTINA HALL • FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER • March 31, 2009

A Clinton Township man is accused of fatally injuring a 3-month-old Yorkshire terrier puppy that apparently was trying to protect its female owner from the man’s assault.

Omar Lateef Lathon-Bey, 29, was charged with animal torture, a felony punishable by up to four years in prison, Township Police Capt. Richard Maierle said today.

Lathon-Bey was released on a $10,000 personal bond after arraignment in 41B District Court in Clinton Township. His preliminary exam is set for April 20.

Maierle said police responded to a stabbing at an apartment in the 24000 block of Lotus about 8:30 p.m. Monday. Lathon-Bey and his girlfriend, 26, apparently argued about him talking to another girl online. Lathon-Bey then started choking and punching his girlfriend, the captain said.

The approximately 3-pound puppy began nipping at Lathon-Bey’s ankles, Maierle said, and he picked up the dog and severely twisted its neck with his hands. The girlfriend then twice stabbed Lathon-Bey in the right arm with a steak knife, he said.

Maierle said Lathon-Bey was treated at Mt. Clemens Regional Medical Center. He said the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office has declined to issue a warrant charging the girlfriend with felonious assault.

Police took the puppy to Animal Emergency Hospital of Macomb in Clinton Township, where it died about 2 a.m. today, Maierle said.

Lathon-Bey told police he fell on the dog, Maierle said.

He said police have occasionally had animal abuses cases, but “I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Dr. Natalie Dolan, who treated the male puppy, said the dog sustained trauma to its chest but had no broken bones. The puppy died from severe bruises on its lungs — injuries typical when dogs are hit by vehicles. She said bruising of the lungs occurs when there are injuries to the lung tissue and the lungs fill up with blood.

Dolan said the puppy went into respiratory arrest; then was euthanized.

“We tried,” she said of the efforts to save the puppy. “We treated him with oxygen and IV fluids and sugar and things like that but it was just too severe.”
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Omg...this is so close to me. A few cities over...My heart just fell into my stomach. What a jack a$$, he needs his butt kicked so hard he does not forget ever!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! I can't believe it...I'm sad
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How dreadful!! I hope that jerk gets all 4 years in prison!
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Omg...this is so close to me. A few cities over...My heart just fell into my stomach. What a jack a$$, he needs his butt kicked so hard he does not forget ever!!!!!!!! I can't believe it...I'm sad
I thought I was going to get sick when I read this. You should see all the comments out on the Free Press. I was thrilled to see he was charged with animal cruelty - but I really wonder what the penalty will be. Also, I hope he was charged for what he did to the girl
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People who harm animals are generally seen as diisturbed when they are younger and have some mental problems. Harming animals is really serious. And what he did to the girl...a whole nother can of worms. He deserves time and is a danger to others in general. So disgusting.
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This just breaks my heart . That tiny baby trying to protect his Mama, and he's faced w/ a monster.
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Lets all plan a get together and go beat that sicko!!
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I am speechless..no I am not but you would not want to hear what I could say...anne
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That is close to me also.My thought and prayer go out to that poor girl and her precious baby,whose life was taken so cruely.
I hope justice is served.
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That's how I feel about this.

And he is out on bond?
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How awful! Poor baby! How could anyone do that?
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That is seriously close to where I live too. A 20 minute drive maybe. I am sick. I have to avoid reading these kinds of threads.
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They should give him the same as he did to the puppy, find the same size difference and have that person do to him what he did to the puppy. You would have a lot less of that going on if people knew the same would happen to them. Good for the girl for stabbing him.
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