MACOMB COUNTY, MI – A Michigan woman was sentenced to six months in prison today for attempting to drown a puppy in an incident that resulted in a broken leg, fractured skull and other injuries to the dog, reports The Macomb Daily.
Amber Nicole Sunde, 26, of Shelby Township, has also been sentenced to 18 months probation and is not allowed to own an animal during her detention and probation, the newspaper reports. Sunde is also asked to pay $ 641 for the dog’s medical bills.
Macomb Circuit Court Judge James Biernat’s verdict exceeds three months’ probation guidelines; The district attorney’s office had recommended parole and no prison sentence, the report said. Sunde was ordered to report to prison on Friday.
“What she did to this dog, I was surprised that the dog is alive,” said Biernat during the verdict. “The dog really is a victim.”
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Lux, a 6-month-old puppy, suffered multiple fractures in his legs and a fractured skull during the incident in January. Witnesses reported that Sunde threw Lux into the Clinton River several times, and each time the puppy crawled back to her only to be thrown back in. It was reported that she tried to keep him underwater at least once.
Witnesses called 911. Unica police officers arrived at the scene, arrested Sunde and brought Lux for medical treatment. One of his legs could be amputated, according to the Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue, who is involved in Lux’s recovery.
Lux has since been adopted by a police officer who was close to the case, a pit crew official told MLive.
Sunde pleaded guilty to killing / torturing a third degree animal with a maximum sentence of four years in prison, but the Macomb County Attorney’s Office offered her an arrangement that included parole, redress, and psychiatric care as punishment for the indictment provided. In the end, Biernat did not follow the prosecution’s recommendations.
“That sentence counts as a victory,” said the pit crew in a statement posted on Facebook.
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