Dog Found Bound and Stomped to Death–Demand Justice

Target: David Leyton, Prosecuting Attorney for Genesee County, Michigan

Goal: Seek maximum penalties for those allegedly responsible for binding a dog with tape and beating the poor animal to death.

The remains of a Shih Tzu mixed-breed dog were found days after the animal had been tortured, stomped to death, and left by the roadside. Photos of this shocking discovery appeared on social media after local Sheriff Robert Pickell urged residents to speak up, and called for tougher penalties for animal abusers. Within days, a tip was received, which led to the arrests of a couple living near where the dog had been found. The tip had come from the mother of one of the alleged abusers, who was concerned for the well-being of her grandchildren after learning what had happened to the 7-year-old dog.

Allegedly, one of the abusers, Nathan McCue, had gotten enraged after the dog, Dakota, had urinated on his clothes. What happened next is unthinkable. According to police, it is suspected that both McCue and his girlfriend Jessica Brown proceeded to bind the dog’s feet and face with electrical tape and tied him to a tree. They then reportedly stomped on the dog’s neck and back until he died.

This couple has allegedly committed a disgusting crime against this innocent animal and must be punished, if found guilty. The fact that they had small children in the home is troubling, considering the fact that if a dog’s misbehavior could prompt such malice, one wonders what could have happened to a child who had done similarly. McCue has a prior history of violence, which means he should be considered particularly dangerous if found guilty of this crime.

Too many dogs have suffered in Michigan with too little done in response. Just earlier this month in the same county, a man received a paltry $375 fine after he plead no contest to charges that he had beat and starved his three dogs. This level of leniency is inexcusable, and should not be applied to this case or any other cases of abuse going forward. Please sign this petition to demand that this case be taken seriously and that these alleged abusers get served the maximum penalties, should they be found guilty.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prosecuting Attorney Leyton,

Shocking photos of a dog lying dead and bound with electrical tape that were posted by a Genesee County Sheriff are heartbreaking and difficult to view. The dog in the photos, a 7-year-old Shih Tzu mix named Dakota, had his feet and head bound before he was stomped to death. The reason for this shocking act of cruelty? The dog had apparently urinated on his owner’s clothing.

This inexcusable behavior cannot be tolerated. If the two suspects are found guilty, they must not be allowed to remain free and able to cause more harm to other animals or to their children. If such malicice could be carried out against a helpless animal, one wonders what they are capable for doing to another human being, particularly one reliant on their care.

More must be done to prosecute and punish those who abuse animals in Genesee County. Earlier this month, a man named Lavelle Gulette pleaded no contest to charges he had beaten his dogs and starved them, and was given only a $375 fee.

We cannot allow these two alleged criminals to get off so easily should they be found guilty. I urge you to do all you can to seek justice for this dog so that his death will not be in vain.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Sheriff Robert Pickell

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180 Comments

  1. THIS IS SO HORRIFIC — SO HEARTBREAKING — Crimes against animals MUST be taken SERIOUSLY — there are way too many idiot-monsters loose in our world – — think of the suffering underwent by this sweetie dog — Why allow depraved psychos to get away with these brutal abuses & murders — who do they think the ARE — we MUST round them up & throw these insane criminals into prison — mete out severe punishments OR whatever it takes to ensure they do NOT repeat their demented crimes — LENGTHY prison terms — along with hefty fines — we want NO repeats of abuse to and killings of animals, EVER !

  2. Why are the authorities not taking these crimes seriously? I keep signing petition after petition. It’s disgraceful and disgusting!

  3. These humans should be put into a grinder and fed to the animals. Animal cruelty is not a joke!!! These humans are monsters and humans who can harm an animal are not normal.

  4. Amanie canine says:

    Gateway to harming humans. Seems the peace of society is not at the top of anyone’s list or our country would not be disintegrating with this type of monstrosity – petitions arrive daily and are all gruesome. Evil is afoot and seems to be gaining – poison on our foods and water and air, airwaves – music – tv- fashion- media- all poison. The result is a sick and decaying society. Who else would do these things ?

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