12 July 2011

Michigan State medical student kills 13 greyhound puppies out of anger

And this guy received schooling to work on humans?

If he can't control his temper while caring for dogs, how can he possibly stay calm while helping humans?

Apparently, healing is not what he's good at.

A 24-year-old Michigan State University (MSU) osteopathic medicine student, Andrew David Thompson, has been charged with killing thirteen Italian greyhound dogs since September, 2010. Thompson admitted to killing the small dogs, weighing only between seven and fourteen pounds, out of anger. He would beat them, grab them by the neck, or throw them against the ground or wall when they didn't obey.

Thompson killed the thirteen dogs at his Okemos apartment, or right across the street from MSU's campus at an East Lansing complex. Thompson's Okemos apartment roommate explained that he couldn't keep up with the number of dogs dying or disappearing after Thompson brought them home.

Animal Control received a complaint on June 14 that the puppies Thompson owned were disappearing. This led investigators to search the apartment, only to find a severely injured puppy hidden in the closet. After being rushed to a veterinary hospital, it was found that the puppy was suffering from internal bleeding. While this greyhound survived, thirteen others didn't.

Apparently, Thompson killed the dogs out of anger because they defecated on his floor, wouldn't come to him when called, or urinated on his bed. He clearly didn't know what would happen after purchasing a large number of dogs and not giving them the proper TLC they needed.

According to the Lansing State Journal, Thompson will face ten felony counts of animal killing in the 55th district Court in Mason, and three more counts of animal killing in East Lansing's 54B District Court. Thompson could receive only up to four years in prison for the killing of thirteen dogs, and a misdemeanor charge for severely injuring the one dog.

Thompson is currently being held on a $500,000 bond in the East Lansing case, and a $100,000 bond in the Mason case.

Is four years in prison long enough for murdering thirteen dogs, which could have easily led to the death of one more dog, if not many more? How long is the imprisonment for a murderer of thirteen humans?

Alexandra Hedin | Facebook | @Alexandra_Hedin
Alexandra is highly passionate about animals and animal rights, and wants to raise awareness of the cruelty that many animals suffer in the best way she knows how, and this is by written word. She is a recent graduate of Metropolitan State University in Minnesota, with a degree in Professional Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.

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