Shelby woman that repeatedly threw her puppy in the Clinton River sentenced


Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue said that “Lux,” a 6 month old puppy, suffered severe abuse in his short life but was rescued before being thrown off a bridge in Macomb County this week.

The Shelby Township woman, who repeatedly tossed her puppy in the river and nearly drowned him, was sentenced to six months in prison after her petition for a mental health judge was denied.

Amber Nicole Sunde, 26, was convicted by Macomb County District Court and ordered to report to jail Friday. After her release, she has to serve 18 months probation.

The punishment follows her repeated attempts to drown her pup, Lux, by throwing the 6-month-old pup in the Clinton River 15 times.

Judge James Biernat Jr. called Sonde’s actions “appalling” and was surprised that the dog was still alive.

It was originally rescued after the Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue, which posted pictures of the puppy after the abuse. The group said their injuries included two right legs and a broken skull.

It happened on January 3rd. Witnesses said they threw Lux into the river before he went back to her each time. At some point she tried to keep him underwater.

Her lawyer said it appeared that she had a psychotic episode during the abuse.

Sunde was originally due to be sentenced last month, but that was delayed so she could petition a psychiatric court. If she had been admitted, her charge would have been reduced to one offense.

But even with the recommendation of two therapists to stand before a nerve court, it was rejected.

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