STEPPING DOWN FROM MACOMB COUNTY P.A.W.S. TASK FORCE
Our organization has held a Board position for the Macomb County P.A.W.S. Task Force since it was formed in 2019. This task force was created to operate as a multijurisdictional animal protection unit to combat and prevent animal abuse and cruelty in the County of Macomb. It was formed by the Macomb County Prosecutor’s office.
Earlier this month we became aware of a small puppy being abused in Eastpointe, MI. The abuse was caught on video and was reported to and investigated by local police. The local police sent a warrant request to the Macomb County prosecutor’s office, which sat in their office for close to 4 weeks until it was finally denied. In our opinion, the evidence presented in this case was compelling enough to at minimum order the immediate removal of the puppy. Due to the lack of prompt response and overall inappropriate manner in which the prosecutor’s office handled the victim, an 8-10 week puppy has remained in the hands of the abusers.
Our organization continues to fight for justice in these cases and we chose to step down from our Board position with the P.A.W.S. task force. We cannot be part of a task force run by a prosecutor’s office who clearly disregarded the safety and wellbeing of an animal that was being abused with conclusive video evidence to back up the witnesses' statements. We are disappointed in the Macomb County Prosecutor’s office and feel that their actions, or rather lack thereof, directly endangered the life of a voiceless animal.