Prosecutor seeks judge's order to kill 10 dogs in mauled jogger - WNEM TV 5

Prosecutor seeks judge's order to kill 10 dogs in mauled jogger incident

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LAPEER,MI (WNEM) -

It's been a week since a jogger was mauled to death by two dogs in Mid-Michigan and now authorities are calling for the dogs to be put down, but they're not stopping there. 

A local prosecutor is seeking a judge's order to euthanize 10 dogs found in the family's home, including seven puppies.

The pets are now in the custody of animal control as they await their fate.

"Right now the investigation as I understand it, just literally dropped off minutes ago," said Mike Hodges, Lapeer County assistant prosecuting attorney.

He said the decision was to euthanize the two Cane Corsos involved in the fatal attack last week. Another adult dog that's reported to have attacked people and seven puppies were also removed from the house where the dogs involved in the attack lived.

"We're on the side of caution here. You know we have, obviously a person that is dead because of this and talking to some of the experts it's my understanding they don't trust this blood line anymore. It's not a bread question that we don't trust the Cane Corso bread, this is now these Cane Corsos, this specific blood line," Hodges said.

Hector Hernandez has trained dogs for over two decades. He said this decision is a very difficult one.

"I think that's a wise decision in order to keep the public safe. These dogs have a propensity to attack humans in such veracity you don't want to carry on the gene," Hernandez said.

Rescue groups said they absolutely agree the adults that were involved in attacks should be euthanized.

"The question is puppies at a very young age, if taken individually by a component person, not just sold to somebody, to be evaluated. Because there is no learned behavior. That would be the hope, no learned behavior," said Edith Campbell with P.A.W.S Rescue.

Hodges said that's not a risk he wants to take.

"As an attorney and a prosecutor I have a problem with our county giving out these puppies and doing a wait and see and hopefully they are OK and wait and see. Maybe they will do something, maybe they won't. They probably won't, but we can't take that chance," Hodges said.

Meanwhile, TV5 expects to hear about any possible charges for the owners by the end of this week.

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