Updated 10/13 2:06 PM:
The man in the photo has been identified and questioned by police. The Humane Society will be performing followup questioning but are still asking anyone with information to contact them.
Updated 10/13 9:41 AM:
Per HSHV investigators: This is an update to a previous post with the photo of someone suspected, but has since been found, questioned and cleared. Deputies are still searching for the man responsible. The photo in this post is a stock photo which may be similar to what the actual suspect was driving. Thank you.
Updated 10/12 8:40 PM: Official press release from HSHV-
The Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) is offering a $500 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those involved in the crime.
On Tuesday, October 9 at approximately 5:30 pm local teens were waiting for a ride home near the River Grove Restroom in Hudson Mills Metropark when they witnessed a Caucasian man get out of a blue Subaru and bring a large pet carrier into the men’s restroom. They heard loud banging noises come from inside the restroom. Suspicious of the activity they witnessed and the length of time in the restroom with the pet carrier, they snapped a photo of the man (also attached) as he exited the restroom.
A short time later, another woman and her family witnessed the same blue Subaru driving southbound on Dexter Pinckney Road tossing a black kitten out of the passenger window and kept driving. A male was driving the vehicle with several other people noted inside the car. She immediately pulled over to find a young kitten already deceased with obvious head injuries. She immediately contacted HSHV to investigate. HSHV Animal Cruelty Investigators were able to quickly locate and retrieve the kitten to take to HSHV for initial examination.
The kitten, a male believed to be about 7 weeks old, was sent to MSU for a full necropsy. Preliminary results show that the kitten had a severely fractured skull and several other fractures and injuries including to the jaw, neck, spine, ribs, and legs consistent with trauma.
“We applaud these young women and this mom for keeping their eyes open to suspicious behavior and taking immediate action to report this incident. Obviously, it is extremely disturbing. There is no justification for intentionally hurting and killing such a harmless creature. We want to know what happened and if there is animal cruelty we want to be sure the person or people responsible face criminal charges. We know through vast research that people who are intentionally cruel to animals are often a danger to society in other ways. It’s very important we get to the bottom of this incident,” said Tanya Hilgendorf, HSHV’s President/CEO.
HSHV is working closely with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department and Huron-Clinton Metroparks Police to identify the individual in this photo and those in the vehicle with him. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the HSHV Cruelty Investigation Department at 734-661-3560 or email Investigators at CRDept@hshv.org.
About The Humane Society of Huron Valley:
The Humane Society of Huron Valley, located in Ann Arbor, is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and relies solely on the generosity of our supporters to provide critical community programs and services. HSHV is an award-winning organization, recognized for our best practices and highest animal “save-rate” among all similar shelters in Michigan. Charity Navigator, the nation’s top charity evaluator, awarded HSHV a 4-star ranking, the highest possible. The mission of HSHV is to promote the loving, responsible care of all animals in our community. HSHV is not affiliated with any other humane organization and does not receive funding from the United Way. More information can be found on HSHV’s website (hshv.org) and on our annual report (www.hshv.org/annualreport).
Updated 10/12 6:59 PM: The individual in the photo has been identified, but if anyone has additional information related to the incident please contact the Humane Society of Huron Valley at (734) 661-3560.
The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying the male subject pictured.
On Tuesday 10/9/18 at approximately 5:50pm a young, white male was observed entering a bathroom facility at the Hudson Mills Metropark with a pet carrier. He returned to his vehicle, which the witness stated was a blue Subaru – similar to the below stock photo. The man along with several other occupants were then seen traveling southbound on Dexter-Pinckney Rd, between N Territorial and the Huron Creek Party Store before they tossed a cat from the vehicle. The witness verified the cat was deceased and had severe head trauma/collapsed skull, with no other apparent injuries.
** If you have any information pertaining to this incident please call the W.C.S.O. Confidential Tip line at (734) 973-7711 or 1-800-SPEAK UP** or the Humane Society of Huron Valley at (734) 661-3560***
***Washtenaw Metro Dispatch has implemented a common telephone number for non-emergency calls effective immediately. The number is (734) 994-2911.
***A criminal charge is merely an accusation. All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. ***