Police charge resident with animal cruelty

FLINT TWP. — As a result of a police investigation alleging animal abuse, Tromondae Lavelle Murphy, a township resident, has been charged with Abandoning/ Cruelty to 4 to 10 animals as well as Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana, according to a police press release.

Officers were called to a home in the 4400 block of Old Carriage, off Van Slyke and Maple Road, at about 10:38 a.m. on Sept. 22, according to the report.

Based on what they found, which was not detailed in the report, Murphy was arrested and the animals at his residence were taken to Animal Control where they are receiving proper medical care.

Citing intent to not interfere with the criminal investigation, Paul Wallace, director of Animal Control, declined to comment on the animals’ health or conditions in which they were found.

“They’re evidence in a pending criminal matter being investigated by Flint Township Police,’’ he said in response to a request for an interview. “What WE did was support Flint Township PD … and it’s THEIR pending criminal case, not mine.”

However, Wallace did speak earlier with a reporter from ABC TV station WJRT (Channel 12), who was at the home filming when the dogs were taken and filed a disturbing report that can be read online at http:// www.abc12.com/home/headlines/ Nearly-a-whole-litter-of-puppiesdie after-being-kept-in-horribleconditions 328733701.html

TV 12 reported that the rescued animals were living in conditions” so bad some of the dogs were eating each other to stay alive.”

Three dogs and one surviving puppy from a litter of seven were rescued by Animal Control. Wallace reportedly told TV 12 that it was “one of the worst cases he’s seen.”

According to the Michigan Penal Code, an abuse charge involving four to ten animals is a felony punishable by one or more of the following:

• Imprisonment for up to 2 years.

• A fine up to $2,000.

• Community service up to 300 hours.

The perpetrator may also be ordered to reimburse prosecution costs.

County treasurer’s records indicate that the home where the dogs were found is owned by Love Holdings LLC of Weston, Florida.

County records also list Love Holdings as the owner of 16 other properties in Genesee County including one other one in Flint Township and the rest in Burton and the City of Flint.

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