Man remains jailed as suspect in multiple dogs’ deaths

By TEREASA NIMS
Sunday Times Newspapers

TRENTON – A 21-year-old resident remains jailed following a preliminary examination of the evidence against him in 33rd District Court Friday for allegedly killing three of his former girlfriend’s dogs and injuring another one.

Allen Lee Bonds was charged with killing the dogs in separate incidents. Judge Michael McNally continued Bonds’ $250,000, 10 percent bond and he remains jailed.

Bonds was charged with felonies in connection with two counts of torturing/killing animals and second-degree home invasion. He also was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty and animal cruelty causing death.

Bonds, a Trenton High School graduate, is attending Ferris State University pursuing a degree in law enforcement.

Trenton police, who began the investigation in December 2014, said the dogs’ deaths started in July 2014. The former girlfriend went to police in December 2014 after three dogs had died suspiciously.

According to a police report, the girlfriend and her mother left two Yorkshires in Bonds’ care while they were away. They returned hours later to find one of the dogs dead and the other in a closet acting timid. The second dog died about two weeks later.

In late August 2014, the former girlfriend reported checking on her new dog before leaving for work. The dog allegedly was fine and with Bonds. She left the room and a short time later Bonds called her in the room and the dog was dead. Veterinarian records suggest the dog’s neck was snapped.

In December 2014 the woman discovered another dog had a bloody nose. Several days later, the dog was let outside into the backyard and appeared healthy. When the woman and her mother returned to their house, the dog was lying in the backyard and lethargic and ill.

The pair took the dog to the veterinarian, where he was treated for multiple injuries. The vet reportedly said the dog suffered injuries from blunt force trauma.

(Tereasa Nims can be reached at dstreporter@gmail.com.)

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