In October, 2010, Laurie Crouch of Oakland County, Michigan, hired a local groomer to trim her dog's nails. When her beloved pit-bull mix, Gooch, became agitated, the groomers tied a leash around his muzzle and used a pronged choke collar around his neck to control him. The groomers lifted him up by the leash and forced him to the ground where they sat on top of him, pinning him down by the neck.
Moments later, Gooch was dead. A necropsy performed by the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University concluded that Gooch suffered from suffocation and internal injuries severe enough to cause organ rupture.
Laurie -- who suffers from multiple sclerosis -- threw herself onto the ground from her wheelchair and crawled to Gooch to his lifeless body.
Waterford Township police and Oakland County Animal Control investigated but claim they have no authority to press charges even though it is a clear case of animal cruelty.
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- Chief of Police
- Oakland County Prosecuting Attorney
- Oakland County Sherriff
Michael J. Bouchard
On October 14, 2010, Laurie Crouch's beloved companion, Gooch, suffered and died at the hands of two groomers. Yet, despite Michigan laws against animal cruelty, no charges have been filed.
Kathryn Tucker and her assistant tied a leash around Gooch's muzzle and used a pronged choke collar on his neck. After they picked him up by the leash and forced him to the ground, they sat on top of him and pinned down his neck. Within moments, Gooch was dead.
A necropsy performed by the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University showed Gooch died from suffocation and multiple internal injuries. They concluded that nothing in his system could have caused the same outcome.
This is a tragic case of animal cruelty, and I am appalled that no charges were filed against those responsible. If the persons are let off without penalty, they are likely to severely or fatally injury more animals. Please launch a thorough investigation and file the appropriate charges. Gooch and Crouch deserve justice. Thank you.
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