The video of an 8-week-old puppy being abused went viral showing a man and a woman “torturing” the puppy, angering animal lovers everywhere.
On Wednesday the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office passed on felony charges against the people in the video saying there was not enough evidence.
“It has literally haunted me, it’s haunted everybody here at Detroit Pit Crew,” said Theresa Sumpter. “(The video shows) slapping the puppy picking the puppy up by the neck picking the puppy up by the ears.”
It is causing the Detroit Pit Crew to pull out of the county’s task force created last year specifically to prosecute animal abuse cases.
“We cannot be part of a task force that’s run by an office that proclaims to be there for the protection of the animals but is not,” Sumpter said. “It’s in name only.”
Sen. Pete Lucido (R-Shelby Twp.) weighs in.
“I don’t know why they passed on the charges, I don’t know what was going on,” he said. “The video in and of itself is disturbing,”
Theresa Sumpter consulted a forensic veterinarian who compiled a report based on the video saying 17 times, she witnessed instances of abuse.
“She did determine by what she saw in the video that it would be described and defined as torture,” Sumpter said. And the forensic vet said the whimpering you hear indicates discomfort and fear.
“We had to go public with this, and we are hoping that on behalf of the dog, everybody’s voice does make a difference.”
The woman and man in the video did not want to go on camera but claim that they were just playing with the puppy and not abusing it. You can learn more on the organizations facebook page here
UPDATE: The city of Eastpointe plans to file misdemeanor charges against the dog’s owner’s boyfriend seen holding the puppy NOT felony charges.