Dog found starved to death in garage

Times-Herald Newspapers

HEIGHTS — Police are looking for a Dearborn Heights woman who moved out of her house and allegedly left her dog to die.

A property management employee contacted police before 2 p.m. Dec. 21 to report finding a dead dog in the garage of the house in the 8200 block of Grayfield; the property management employee told police he was recently hired and unaware of when the woman, 40, moved out.

The employee told police that her forwarding address was in Lincoln Park. Lincoln Park police officers have not been able to locate the woman.

The dog, a bull mastiff with a brown and black coat wearing a collar, appeared to have been starved to death and was very thin, according to the police report.

When police officers went inside the house they noticed several items that suggested a large dog lived at the house, such as dog food, dog dishes and chains tied to a pole, according to the police report.

Dearborn Heights Sgt. Michael Petri, who is in charge of the investigation, was unavailable by press time.

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