A gruesome discovery has left the staff of a Mid-Michigan animal shelter "very shaken."


Ruth Wells-Cantor, director of the Humane Society of Genesee County, said someone left a male pit-mix tied up to a gazebo outside the shelter Sunday night.

Cantor said the dog was left on a chain with a choke collar and by the time staff came to the shelter Monday morning, the dog was found hanging from the gazebo.

Cantor said the dog was a “young” and “beautiful” dog. She said the staff was mortified by the discovery.

"Makes my blood boil that there's so much ignorance on what should be done with animals. And it's not being done right and a situation like this," said David Schmieder, animal cruelty investigator for the Humane Society of Genesee County. "I can't explain it. I don't know if they thought that we just wouldn't take the dog if they brought it to us or something like that. This was just more convenient for them. But it's ridiculous."

Schmieder has surveillance video of someone driving in the area Sunday night and dropping off the dog. He said the person tied up the dog with some wire and a choke collar. That night the dog tried to jump over the guard rail, hanging himself.

Schmieder said the death was completely unnecessary because there are various agencies that are willing to take surrendered animals.

"Contact us or contact the Genesee County Animal Control. We are both open all hours during the day during the week. So, get a hold of us and we'll take the animal off your hands," Schmieder said.

He has teamed up with Burton police to try to find out who did this. He said it should serve as a warning to people that just dropping off animals at shelters after hours is dangerous and could land you in jail.

"I hope we can get somebody to come forward with information about who had this dog," Schmieder said.

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