A 65-year-old Kingston man is charged in the death of pit bull that was found in Tuscola County’s Koylton Township.
Terrance Mathis faces up to four years in prison if convicted on one count of killing/torturing an animal.
According to the Tuscola County Sheriff’s Department, the tan and white pit bull was found by Tuscola County Animal Control near the intersection of White Creek Road and Mayville Road. (see map below)
The five-year-old male dog had its top jaw wrapped and its throat was cut, police said. It was left near a garbage can. Police said Animal Control was able to determine the dog was neutered, healthy, and had good weight. Police did not say if Mathis owned the dog.
The dog’s body is at Michigan State University pending a necropsy.
Tuscola County Undersheriff Robert Baxter said the information about the animal was put on the department’s Facebook page on Feb. 26. An anonymous tip was received the following day.
“Detectives investigated the matter and based on all of the information, Mathis was arrested,” the department said in a news release.
In addition to up to four years in prison, Mathis could be ordered to pay up to $5,000 in fines, serve up to 500 hours of community service, and prohibited from owning an animal.
Mathis remains lodged in Tuscola County Jail.
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