A Detroit man has been arrested and charged following allegations that he stole his ex-girlfriend’s dog and sent her videos of him abusing the animal.
Julius Holley, 55, was charged with one count of second degree trespassing, one count of first degree murder/torture of animals, one count of burglary and one count of stalking.
He allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend’s house and stole her Yorkshire Terrier mix and various items. Holley then sent him videos of him beating and torturing the dog.
The dog was later left in a bucket next to a house and taken away by Michigan Humane to ensure its safety.
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“Michigan Humane is proud to partner with the Michigan Attorney General’s Department to provide not only cruelty investigation, but also a safe haven for animals in times of crisis,” said Michigan Humane President and CEO Matt Pepper. , it’s a statement. “I am happy to say that the dog involved in this case, after receiving medical attention from our team, is doing very well and has returned home.”
Holley was wanted by authorities after the alleged animal abuse. The police tracked him down in Ohio. He was later extradited to Michigan.
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Under Michigan law, any person who tortures or kills a pet with the intent to cause suffering or mental anguish to a person, or to exert control over a person, is guilty of a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
“Those who attempt to evade law enforcement will be found and held accountable,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement. “I want to thank Michigan Humane for the programming and support they provide to victims of domestic violence who might otherwise be reluctant to leave a dangerous situation if it means leaving their pets behind.”
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Holley was given a $200,000 bond/cash. Holley was also arraigned on an outstanding 2019 warrant and was given a $50,000 cash bond/bond in that case.
He is scheduled for a hearing on Monday.