Justice for Starved Poodle

Brownie by Greg Westfall

Target: Prosecuting Attorney, Brian L. Mackie

Goal: Demand thorough investigation into the death of starved poodle and prosecute owners to the full extent of the law.

An emaciated poodle named Brownie died under suspicious conditions after being turned into the Huron Valley Humane Society last summer. Results of the necropsy show that the poodle endured serious starvation for long periods of time. Now the humane society is seeking charges against the owners for negligence.

The shelter acknowledges that there must have been a time when Brownie received exceptional care. The poodle had a registered pedigree, and the owners shared that, before her illness, she knew how to sit, stay, and would often beg for people food. But the only explanation they offered for her poor state was that she had eaten a sock.

By the time the Humane Society met Brownie, she was so skinny and weak that she could not walk or stand, and could barely sit comfortably. When the Society attempted surgery to save her life, she was too weak and frail to survive it. Volunteers working with her at the time say that her bones were protruding against her skin and that she didn’t have an ounce of fat on her body.

The owners should not have waited until Brownie’s health deteriorated so horribly to seek medical attention. By law, they should have taken this action much sooner. Sign this petition to urge Washtenaw’s Prosecuting Attorney to ensure a full investigation is done and that the responsible party (or parties) are punished to the fullest extent of the law.


Dear Prosecuting Attorney Mackie,

Last summer, a poodle by the name of Brownie died under suspicious circumstances at the Humane Society of Huron Valley. The emaciated poodle was brought in by Ann Arbor residents who said the dog had swallowed a sock. By then Brownie was so ill she could not walk or stand and even sitting on a blanket had become uncomfortable.

The laws of your state provide that pet owners should seek medical attention for pets in need. It is clear that this was not done until it was far too late. Though the Humane Society rushed Brownie to surgery in an attempt to save her life, the poodle was too weak and fragile to survive the operation. A recent necropsy further showed that Brownie had endured severe starvation for long periods of time.

We support the Humane Society’s move to seek charges against the owners and urge your law enforcement officers to do a full and thorough investigation into the case. We also urge for prosecution of the responsible parties to the full extent of the law to stem this kind of negligence before it becomes a more common practice in your county.


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Photo Credit: Greg Westfall

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  1. Natasha polychuk says:

    fuckin assholes should starve to death!!!!!!!!!!!!! the couple us probably fat as hell!!

  2. anita culling says:

    No excuses. Must be punished

  3. What Brownie must have endured. Starvation is a horrific way to die. These people need to be prosecuted for murdering this innocent dog.

  4. Kathy Khoshfahm says:

    Brian Mackie – For once, how about handing down a penalty that fits the crime? Perhaps then you would see less of this horrific animal cruelty in your courtroom…

  5. Punish this TRASH to the fullest extent of the law. someone needs to be the voice for animals that are being abused and or neglected, we as a society have let these animals down. these babies cannot tell us that they are being abused.

  6. Prosecuting Attorney, Brian L. Mackie please Demand thorough investigation into the death of starved poodle and prosecute owners to the full extent of the law. This poor dog had his bones protruding through his thin layer of skin, he was incredibly weak, could not stand up and could not be saved due to the serious degree of cruelty, neglect and abuse to a helpless starving neglected little dog. The owners who showed no degree of care, or consideration for their pets well being or welfare chose not to feed their pet, left the little poodle to starve day in day out which is disgusting and appauling. IT is there responsibility to feed, water and care for their pet but they chose not to and therefore warrants a suitable consequence for their heartless disregard for the health of their poodle and should be fined, jailed and should not be allowed to have further pets as it is apparent they do not have the competency levels to care for a pet who they caused immense suffering, pain, and discomfort which is inhumane, inexcuseable, unacceptable and heartless. Please charge this cruel couple with the appropriate punishment immediately.

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